Figure: Female (Dege Dal Nda)

Master of Ogol

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This female figure is one of about a dozen works that have been attributed to the same Dogon artist, identified by art historians as the Master of Ogol after a village in the Sanga region where a work in this corpus was collected in 1935. The shape of the head and facial features of works created by the Master are distinctive for the helmetlike head and the unique horizontally stacked mouth-nostrils-chin ensemble, closely framed by the strong vertical nose and cylindrical lip ornament. Works identified as dege dal nda, or "sculptures of the terrace," were only removed from storage for the funerals of rich men, on which occasions they were dressed and displayed on the rooftop terrace of the deceased. Such figures may also have been part of altars established for women who had died during childbirth.

Figure: Female (Dege Dal Nda), Master of Ogol, Wood, Dogon peoples

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