Nommo Figure with Raised Arms

Unknown11th-15th century (possibly)

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York City, United States

Figure with raised arms. Wood base, completely covered with rough, dull grey patina from accretion of sacrificial substances. Facial features indistinct, protruding triangle suggests beard, above long cylindrical neck. Long arms extend over head, bent slightly backwards; two oval shapes on chest indicating breasts. Head and torso continuous; rounded buttocks and short legs, with blackish feet. CONDITION: Part of right foot broken off; slight crack extending from back to buttocks.

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  • Title: Nommo Figure with Raised Arms
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 11th-15th century (possibly)
  • Location Created: Mopti Region, Mali
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection
  • External Link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/116666/Nommo_Figure_with_Raised_Arms
  • Medium: Wood, organic sacrificial materials
  • Dimensions: 10 1/2 x 2 7/8 x 1 3/4 in. (26.7 x 7.3 x 4.4 cm)
  • Culture: Dogon
  • Collection: Arts of Africa
  • Accession number: 1989.51.39