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Seated Figure
Mali, Dogon
Wood, 69 cm high
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553 PG 241
Photo: Paolo Manusardi, Milan


Little is known about the function of such sculptures. The man wears a necklace, and the musical instrument may be a balafon or a sanza. The head of the figure is a later addition. The stool on which he sits is of the type of the imago mundi: two disks, earth and sky, linked by a central stem, to which are added legs representing the human figure.

credits: Hangar Design Group