A sensitively modeled terracotta figure sitting cross-legged with forearms resting on the thighs and the hands folded together with the left thumb locked over the right. The careful positioning of this figure suggests a ritual gesture. Scholars have suggested such figures were placed in shrines and were related to ancestor worship This figure inspires controlled energy as well as serenity.
Djenne was a major city in the floodplains of the Inland Delta of the Niger river. The city flourished between the 3rd and 16th century. This extremely important archaeological site has yielded several hundred terracotta sculptures.
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