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African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

Female figure

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Female figure

In this sculpture by the Dogon people of Mali, the cosmos rests upon a female figure, whose head is represented by the dual disks of sacred sky and secular earth connected by 11 primordial beings. The shape of the female body conveys Dogon ideas about the feminine ideal and emphasizes the powerful life-giving and nurturing capacities of women.

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