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Kneeling Dignitary

Middle Niger civilization

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Middle Niger figurative representations feature a diverse cast of protagonists, from committed couples to the striking personage of a kneeling male. In this example, the man has a pronounced dorsal protrusion and wears otherworldly accessories of a serpent collar and belt. Many of these figures assume recumbent, prostrate, or upward-gazing postures. Gestures of arms crossed against the chest or covering the face suggest attitudes of prayer.

Kneeling Dignitary, Terracotta, Middle Niger civilization

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Photo: Hughes Dubois