Dogon people (Mali)


ca. 19th century or earlier


Dogon sculpture is primarily concerned with the spirits responsible for the fertility of both land and people. These include a family's real and mythical ancestors, the souls of women who died in childbirth, and water spirits. While the exact functions and meanings of individual works often remain obscure, scholars agree that Dogon sculptures were created for shrines.

Lowe Art Museum

Gift of Alan Potamkin, 2007. 48.18