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A Masterwork of African Art: The Dogon Couple

A Masterwork of African Art: The Dogon Couple

Watts, Edith W.
10 pages
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This Closer Look focuses on a single work from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a sculpture of a seated couple created by the Dogon people of Mali in West Africa. The goal is to inspire young people and adults to look more closely at works of art—to discover that details can be fascinating and often essential to understanding the meaning of a work of art. This packet may be used as an introduction to looking at and interpreting the Dogon couple, or as a springboard for exploring how it reflects the culture in which it was made. Teachers and students can use these materials in the classroom, but we know that study and preparation are best rewarded by a visit to the Museum.

Met Art in Publication

Figure: Seated Couple, Dogon artist, Wood, metal, Dogon
18th–early 19th century
Nikare with his Wife and Daughter, Limestone, paint
ca. 2420–2389 B.C. or later
Shiva, Uma, and Their Son Skanda (Somaskandamurti), Copper alloy, India (Tamil Nadu)
India (Tamil Nadu)
early 11th century

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Watts, Edith W., Alice W. Schwarz, and Rosa Tejada. 2002. A Masterwork of African Art: The Dogon Couple. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.