503 - Man, right hand on his head


This is the fragment of statue of which the lower part of the body and the left arm have been lost. Why is his hand positioned on his head in this manner? Is this a gesture of submission? A sign of respect? It is a posture which one often finds in the Nok tradition, for an unknown reason. In the fragment that we have here, the details, the features and the characteristics are indisputably Djenné. This statuary is so rich and so strong that even the least fragment of it is of indisputable interest.

Broken bust
Dating: 14-17th century

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