This highly abstract, almost phallic, small Dogon figure exhibits the monumental quality and simplicity that typifies the Dogon style. Such figures were used to capture spirit forces and are frequently covered with the remains of sacrificial blood and millet.
Artist Dogon, African
  • Figure
Date 20th century
Medium Wood
Dimensions Overall (on base): 11 5/8 × 2 9/16 × 3 inches (29.5 × 6.5 × 7.6 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Benson and Edith Ford Fund
Accession Number 1989.77
Department Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas
On View African N1BB, Level 1 (see map)
(Alan Brandt, Inc., New York, New York, USA);
1989-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)