Ɵ Fragment of a Dogon stool, Mali Period:... - Lot 47 - Binoche et Giquello

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Ɵ Fragment of a Dogon stool, Mali Period:... - Lot 47 - Binoche et Giquello
Ɵ Fragment of a Dogon stool, Mali
Period: 1700-1740 (GNS Science Laboratory, New Zealand, 22 October 2015, ref. NZA 60078)
Hardwood with brown patina
H. 38.5 cm
Dogon stool fragment, Mali
H. 15 in
- Charles Ratton, Paris
- Bonhams Londres, 17 June 1991, reproduced under lot 23
- Collection Hubert Goldet, Paris
- Hubert Goldet sale, Etude François de Ricqlès, Maison de la Chimie, 30 June - 1 July 2001, lot 87
- Private collection, New York
- Lorenz Homberger, Die Kunst der Dogon, Zurich, Museum Rietberg, 7 May - 3 September 1995, p. 106, No. 77
A fragment of a seat of rare sculptural quality, bringing together two mythological Caryatid figures between earth and heavenly vault, originally treated in two discs. The broken lines around the perimeter evoke the waves of water, a precious resource in the arid Dogon country.
The effigies with their loose curves rest on slender, bent legs, the busts with bounced bellies pointing significantly forward. The faces, also stretched, are crossed by an arrowheaded nose, a high mitre-shaped headdress amplifying this impression of elongation. The look and the nose evoke the style of the Bombou-Toro. The arms, raised high as a probable sign of a call for rain, merge with the full volume of their hermaphroditic breasts. The patina is still rich from the many attentions that have been lavished on this work dating from at least the mid-18th century.
Under the base, the label of the Hubert Goldet collection is present.
This type of work was the prerogative of the Hogon, the religious and political leader of the community, in direct contact with the creative god Amma. It embodies the spiritual authority of the supreme leader of the Dogon community.
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