501 - Tenenkun statuette of a zoomorphic figure

Djenne

Small terra cotta piece covered in white kaolin, representing either an anthropo-zoomorphic subject or a seated animal with head and neck tilted up towards the sky and front legs drawn up. The mouth is open and cries a silent, almost painful cry. The eyes are round, under well defined eyelids. The animal seems to be wearing a collar, and its nipples and navel are explicitly apparent. Its nostrils are well worked and its attitude seems enigmatic, as does its species...

Is it the representation of a half-man half-animal?

H. 40 cm x L. 23 cm x D. 15 cm
400 B.C.- 400 A.D.

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