Africa

Kneeling figure
N’duleri, Dogon

Mali

Carved wood
19th century or earlier
Height: 10 ¼ in. (26 cm)

Ex collection Maurice Nicaud, Paris, 1950s
Ex collection Aaron and Joyce Furman, New York, acquired in 1961
Ex private collection, USA

Literature: AfriCubisme, 2018

Price: on request

Western Africa
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The most elegant and refined Dogon style originated in the center and to the north of the Bandiagara Plateau in the region of the Ndule River, or n'duleri [ri = country of]. The N'duleri Style is closely linked with the art of the ancient Djenne empire (Djennenke, aka Soninke) and presumably is a direct result of the Songhay invasion in the 15th century and the ensuing Djennenke diaspora.
Hélène Leloup notes in "Dogon Statuary" Ed. Amez 1994 that this style, which seems to have reached its peak in the 18th century, is "a condensation of the classical art of the north - realism and force - with a suppleness, an elegance, not found elsewhere, completely opposed to the [Dogon] sculpture on the southern cliff, which is very constructed, cubist, abstract."