Female Figure with Mortar and Pestle
Height: 30 ½ in. (77.5 cm)
Ex collection Bernard Dulon, Paris
Ex collection Jan Lundberg, Malmö
Ex collection Galerie Ratton Hourdé, Paris
Published and exhibited: Dogon,
Galerie Ratton Hourdé, Paris, 2005 p. 57
Yale University GvR Archive 0017860
New Beginnings – Parcours des Mondes 2017
There emanates from this female figure, with its head sitting haughtily on its shoulders, a remarkable nobility and poetry.
This statue combines the classic canons of Dogon art: a hieratic verticality, an assertive and dynamic pose, and a long neck that confers dignity and an upward thrust to the figure.
According to Jean Laude, poet, ethnologist, critic and art historian, « Dogon sculptures, more than any others, give bodies to feelings and religious values, constituting symbolic and esoteric entities. »