Dogon Hermaphrodite Statue with Child 27″ – Mali – African Art



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This Dogon statue portrays a male/female (hermaphrodite) holding it’s child. The Dogon consider that each individual possess two sexes at birth and later, the passive sex will reside in the foreskin of a man or clitoris of a woman. Later, circumcision and excision removes the other sex, allowing one to fully become man or woman.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin





Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age









6.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Base has some chunks missing. Cracking and wear and tear throughout. See photos or inquire for more details.


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Tribe Information

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.