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According to Dogon cosmology the creator god Amma and the female earth joined to create the Dogon primordial ancestors, known as nommo. Wooden sculptures said to represent these nommo spirits or their worshippers were carved by blacksmiths and placed on family altars. This figure illustrates the...

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Provenance

1960s, sold by J. J. Klejman (dealer), New York, to Samuel Wagstaff (b. 1921 – d. 1987), Hartford, CT. William Rubin (b. 1926 – d. 2006), New York. September, 1984, sold by Michael Oliver, Inc., New York, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1991, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1991)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Dogon peoples, Mali, Late 19th to early 20th century

Dimensions

height: 50.8 cm (20 in.)

Accession Number

1991.1068

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture