Lot: 202

87e vente aux enchères Tribal Art

Torse d´une figure féminine

Mali, Dogon, Nduleri

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
Marcel Florkin (1900-1979), Liège, Belgium H: 39 cm Cet objet n’est plus disponible.

wood, dark brown, oily patina in parts, fragmentary, abrasion of paint, base; present figure most likely belonged to a female society and was used for the education of young girls. Such figures were displayed on funerals and presumably on certain fertility and rain-making rituals as well. They were called "so-ma-so" ("listen to me"), a sentence effective for education and for prayers for fertility as well.

Leloup, Hélène, Dogon, Paris 2011, p. 352, ill.12