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Creator Nationality: Africa, Mali, Jenne area, 11th-13th century
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Mali, Jenne area, 11th-13th century
Title: Seated Male Figure
Title Type: Primary
Creation Start Date: 1000
Creation End Date: 1300
Creation Date: c. 1000-1300
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Pottery
Dimensions: Overall: 19.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1985.199
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Style or Period: Africa, Mali, Jenne area, 11th-13th century
Context: This very fine clay figure, from the Inland Delta of the Niger River, is associated with burial mounds near the early urban center of Jenne. It may depict a man in a contemplative pose of worship, reflecting the proper ritual act of one communicating with gods and ancestors. The significance of the raised bumps covering the body is uncertain; they may refer to a skin ailment or to a particular body art.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1985.199
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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