This votive statue is made by the Dogon people in Mali and depicts a warrior with ancestor in hand.
Ancestor veneration is an important part of their socio-religious practice and many statues contain references to this.
In Mali the redwoods have been protected from felling since 1960’s, this piece is made from a redwood which indicates age.
12” (30.5 cm) width, 15” (38 cm)
Provenance: purchased from Harvey Derrien by private collector 1990’s approx value £60