Female Figure Standing with Arms Raised
Arts of Africa
The religious beliefs of the Dogon focus primarily on the spirits of ancestors, who are the intermediaries between the living and the forces of the universe. The deceased ancestors of one’s own clan or lineage are remembered and petitioned on altars.
This figure’s posture of up-stretched arms, with the left hand open and the fingers of the right hand closed, is a common Dogon motif that is often interpreted as a prayer for rain. Here it seems more likely to represent supplication to the ancestors.
16th to 19th century
without separate base: 47 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 8 11/16 in. (121.3 x 18.4 x 22 cm) (show scale)
Collection of Beatrice Riese
Female figure with arms raised above head, body and facial scarification. Carved necklace and bracelets. Object heavily weathered. Overall condition good. Attached to large block base.
This item is not on view
Dogon. Female Figure Standing with Arms Raised, 16th to 19th century. Wood, without separate base: 47 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 8 11/16 in. (121.3 x 18.4 x 22 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Collection of Beatrice Riese, 2011.4.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2011.4.5_PS2.jpg)
overall, 2011.4.5_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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