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)
This item is not on view
Collection of Beatrice Riese
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
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
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
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.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.