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Djenne Terracotta Sculpture of a Kneeling Woman - PF.3752
Origin: Central Mali
Circa: 12 th Century AD to 16 th Century AD
Dimensions: 15" (38.1cm) high x 7.5" (19.1cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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Though the anatomy is done in a simple manner, the beauty of this work is still more than evident. Typical in Djenne style, the woman is only partially covered with no body paint yet with intricate body scarification. Her kneeling pose and her slightly bowed head, creates a look of sorrow or perhaps frustration. The scarification on her head and shoulders shows snakes in the most natural curved position. The earthenware material allows her to seem approachable as well as beautiful in her simplicity and grace. The small cloth skirt allows her to remain modest, accentuating her natural style.

Throughout the years beauty remains timeless. Such a piece with little adornment simplicity seems to say more, bringing her to life, as well as taking us back to a time long since past.
- (PF.3752)

 

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