This kneeling Maternity figure is a carved abstract bombou-toro style and originates from the Dogon people of Mali. Dogon figures are predominantly associated with the ancestor cult. Carved for personal or family use, they commemorate the foundation of a community and are worshiped by the villagers.
Culture and Traditions
The Dogon are an ethnic group indigenous to the central plateau region of Mali, in West Africa, south of the Niger bend, near the city of Bandiagara, and in Burkina Faso.
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Prairie View A&M University, "Dogon Culture of Arts from the central plateau region of Mali, in West Africa, South of the Niger bend, near the city of Bandiagara, and in Burkina Faso - (Kneeling Maternity Figure)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 47.