A number of interpretations have been given to Tellem/Dogon sculpture with raised arms. The gesture has been said to indicate communion between the Earth and Heaven, also a prayer for rain. Sacrifices to elicit rain were dedicated to a spiritual being named Nommo. Usually these figures are covered with a dense patina of sacrificial matter.
The elongation of the arms raised above the head with the big hands with delineated fingers are a standout detail of this piece. Anatomical details, breasts and head, emerge through the crusty patina. Upon closer inspection two little inclusions suggest the eyes.
Although the legs are eroded, the figure maintains great evocative power.
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