Dogon peoples / Seated Couple / 16th-19th centuryDogon peoples
Seated Couple
16th-19th century

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Sahelese; Mali; Dogon
Creator Name-CRT: Dogon peoples
Title: Seated Couple
View: Front view
Creation Start Date: 1500
Creation End Date: 1899
Creation Date: 16th-19th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Wood, metal
Dimensions: H. 28 3/4 in. (73 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1977.394.15
Credit Line: Gift of Lester Wunderman, 1977

This idealized couple exemplifies some of the basic roles of men and women in Dogon society. On the male figure's back is a hunter's or warrior's quiver, while the female carries an infant on her back. The man's gestures emphasize both his role as progenitor and the woman's as nurturer. The complementarity and interdependence of their roles is suggested formally by the identical columnar forms that define the two figures and by the horizontal elements that connect them. Although their facial features and ornaments are symmetrical, the artist has infused these figures with individuality by subtly varying the direction of their gaze.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1977.394.15
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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