Tellem Style Dogon Statue 27″ | Mali | African Art



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This Dogon statue was carved in a Tellem style pose, with arms raised in a plea for rain. The Tellem were the people who inhabited the area before the Dogon. It is unknown whether they disappeared or interbred with the Dogon. He stands 27 inches tall and weighs 5 pounds.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin





Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


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Weight (Pounds)

5 lbs

Overall Condition

Cracking and imperfections. See photos or inquire for more information.

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.


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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.