Dogon statue, Mali
The unique leaner figure departs from the usual Dogon rigid totemic forms. Magically seen in the twisted trunks of trees by a Dogon spiritual leader they were described to the village carver, who then “liberated” the figure.
Dogon art is primarily sculptural and revolves around religious values, ideals, and freedoms. Dogon sculptures are not made to be seen publicly and are commonly hidden from the public eye within the houses of families, sanctuaries, or the hogon (a spiritual leader of the Dogon people). The importance of secrecy is due to the symbolic meaning behind the pieces and the process by which they are made. Dogon sculptures are typically characterized by an elongation of form and a mix of geometric and figurative images
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