A finely rendered and expressive iron figure from West Africa, most likely from either the Dogon or the Bambara people of Mali. A standing figure with both hands raised to head. Lots of engraved zigzag lines down front and back and over face.
These forged iron figures exhibit the technical skill and artistry that Dogon blacksmiths brought to their work. They would do the smelting to get the iron from iron ore, then heat and hammer out important ritual objects.
This figure raises its arms to its face. Since interpretations of this gesture based on Dogon myth have proved to be problematic, a more
accurate meaning may perhaps be found by examining the gestures of everyday and ritual life among the Dogon.
It is possible that it may express the idea of mourning for the deceased relative through the
Height: 12" x Width: 1 5/8" x Depth: 3/4"