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A terracotta figure of a man excavated in the Djenne/Mopti area. Most of these figures are found in wall cavities in the ruins of mud-brick houses. It is thought that they either represent devotees in household ancestral shrines or were intended to protect the house from flooding by the Niger. Culture: Djenne/Mopti. Date/Period: c.13-14th C. Place of Origin: Area between Niger and Bani Rivers. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/Formerly Entwistle Gallery, now Detroit Institute of Arts

A terracotta figure of a man excavated in the Djenne/Mopti area. Most of these figures are found in wall cavities in the ruins of mud-brick houses. It is thought that they either represent devotees in household ancestral shrines or were intended to protect the house from flooding by the Niger. Culture: Djenne/Mopti. Date/Period: c.13-14th C. Place of Origin: Area between Niger and Bani Rivers. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/Formerly Entwistle Gallery, now Detroit Institute of Arts

Africa | Maternity figure from the Luluwa people, DR Congo | Wood, metal ring | 19th - 20th century

Maternity Figure (Bwanga bwa Cibola) century Geography:Democratic Republic of the Congo Culture:Luluwa peoples Medium:Wood, metal ring Dimensions:H.

MATERNITY FIGURE Inland delta region of the Niger River, Mali late12th-late 14th century Terra-cotta H. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm) Collection of C...

MATERNITY FIGURE Inland delta region of the Niger River, Mali late12th-late 14th century Terra-cotta H. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm) Collection of C...

Western Sudan, Mali, Inland Niger Delta, possibly 14th-17th century, terracotta, Overall - h:19.70 cm (h:7 3/4 inches). John L. Severance Fund 1985.199

Western Sudan, Mali, Inland Niger Delta, possibly century terracotta, Overall - cm

Mali - Bamana Antelope (Chiwara) Headdress (Art Institute of Chicago)

Bamana Baninko region, Mali Pair of Headdresses (Ci Wara Kunw), century

A terracotta figure of a man excavated in the Djenne/Mopti area. Although unauthorized excavations have hindered the scientific study of these figures, it is thought they either represent devotees in household ancestral shrines or were intended to protect the house from flooding. Country of Origin: Mali. Culture: Djenne/Mopti. Date/Period: c.13-14th C. Place of Origin: Inner Niger Delta. Material Size: Terracotta. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive / Courtesy Entwistle Gallery, London

A terracotta figure of a man excavated in the Djenne/Mopti area. Although unauthorized excavations have hindered the scientific study of these figures, it is thought they either represent devotees in household ancestral shrines or were intended to protect the house from flooding. Country of Origin: Mali. Culture: Djenne/Mopti. Date/Period: c.13-14th C. Place of Origin: Inner Niger Delta. Material Size: Terracotta. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive / Courtesy Entwistle Gallery, London

A terracotta figure of a man excavated from a tumulus in the Djenne/Mopti area between the Niger and Bani Rivers. The seated man rests his crossed arms on his drawn- up knees. A snake entwines itself around his body. Country of Origin: Mali. Culture: Djenne/Mopti. Date/Period: c.1400. Place of Origin: Area between Niger and Bani Rivers. Material Size: Terracotta. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive / Courtesy Entwistle Gallery, London

A terracotta figure of a man excavated from a tumulus in the Djenne/Mopti area between the Niger and Bani Rivers. The seated man rests his crossed arms on his drawn- up knees. A snake entwines itself around his body. Country of Origin: Mali. Culture: Djenne/Mopti. Date/Period: c.1400. Place of Origin: Area between Niger and Bani Rivers. Material Size: Terracotta. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive / Courtesy Entwistle Gallery, London

A terracotta figure excavated from a tumulus in the Djenne/Mopti area between the Niger and Bani Rivers. The figure is composed of one torso with three breasts and three heads. Country of Origin: Mali. Culture: Djenne / Mopti. Date/Period: c.1400. Place of Origin: Area between Niger and Bani Rivers. Material Size: Terracotta. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/Courtesy Entwistle Gallery, London

A terracotta figure excavated from a tumulus in the Djenne/Mopti area between the Niger and Bani Rivers. The figure is composed of one torso with three breasts and three heads. Country of Origin: Mali. Culture: Djenne / Mopti. Date/Period: c.1400. Place of Origin: Area between Niger and Bani Rivers. Material Size: Terracotta. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/Courtesy Entwistle Gallery, London

Aksum Obelisk, symbol of the Aksumite civilization

Nok sculpture Louvre - Nok culture Nok's social system is thought to have been highly advanced. The Nok culture was considered to be one of the earliest African producer of life-sized Terracotta.

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