A female Dogon statue, probably Tintam, the sturdy legs bent in a seated position, above the very long and sagging breasts are ornamental scarifications, the right arm is bent at the elbow and the wrist, the elongated finger tips touch lightly the right thigh, the right arm is also bent, but upwards, the forearm is strongly elongated, the hand rests on a vessel that the figure carries on the head, several bracelets decorate the wrists, the nose merges into the forehead without a recess, the small round eyes are little emphasized, as well as the small mouth; a shiny brown patina, some age cracks, the surface of the statue is dried-out and partly abraded due to many years of cultic use.
The stylistic features of this figure may be attributed to the east of the Bandiagara plateau, in a substyle called Tintam by Hélène Leloup. She writes, “The choice of the Tintam name to characterize a style, rather than that of the region—Bondum—is partly due to the historical importance of this village, and also because its site, on a rocky outcrop at the end of a winding road […] has remained animist, whereas the other large village in the Region, De, has been Fulha since the 15th century.” (Hélène Leloup, p. 163)
The Tintam school of sculpture shows great originality of its style and iconography. The composition has a powerful balance. Remarkable are in particular in the bending of the elbows and wrists and the scale of the flat hands.
Lit.: Hélène Leloup, Dogon, Weltkulturerbe aus Afrika, Publikation zur Ausstellung in der Kunsthalle Bonn vom 14.10.2011 – 22.1.2012, 260, Abb. 39. Hélène Leloup, Dogon, Paris Somogy, Musée du Quai Branly 2011.
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Height: 74 cm
Weight: 2,7 kg