La statuaire mythique des Dogon / R. Bedaux et A. Person
Bedaux, Rogier Michiel Alphons 1943-
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI
Illustrations (some color), table.
Despite a well described corpus of Dogon statutes, practically nothing is known about the function, geographic and ethnic origin, dating and chronology of the older ones. For example, in the early 20th century, statutes were taken from caves before archeologists had an opportunity to excavate those caves, and we do not know if the caves, and the statues, are Tellem or Dogon. The Tellem lived in the region of Sangha from the 11th to the 16th centuries. The authors summarize the typologies previously done by Jean Laude, Bernard de Grunne, and Helene Leloup, of these older figures. They conclude that there are modern and old Dogon figures, some from the Tellum dated by Carbon 14 to the 14th to the 16th centuries.