This Dogon style statue showcases a Tellem style figure. The Tellem were a group of peoples who lived in the area pre-Dogon and are believed to have influenced Dogon art. The statue is crudely yet beautifully carved. It measures 22.5 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds. There is cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos carefully.
Crudely Carved Dogon Tellem Figure 22.5″ – Mali – African Art
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Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear. Inspect photos
About the Dogon People
The Dogon have become popularized for their ancient tales on human origins and extraterrestrial contact. According to legend, a race of beings called Nommo, came from the star system Sirius, thousands of years ago. The beings are said to have come to Earth and provided humans with knowledge. They gave the Dogon information about their solar system as well as our own. These same creatures also appear in Babylonian and Sumerian myths.
Oddly, the Dogon did have knowledge for centuries that were, until Galileo and his telescope, unknown to the Western world. They identified Jupiter’s moons and Saturn’s rings and knew that the Sun was the center of our solar system. They have stories about the big bang and other astronomical events. They had awareness about an invisible companion star orbiting Sirius that was unidentified until 1970. It baffles scientists to this day that an ancient race had knowledge of solar systems that cannot be seen without the help of high-powered telescopes.
Read more about the Dogon here.
About the Tellem Figure
The Tellem people settled at the same time and in the same area as the Niongom, and carved abstract figures in a symmetrical frontal pose with their arms raised. This gesture, thought to represent a plea for rain, is presumably an important part of Tellem ceremonies.