Joined Pair

Unknown ethinic group

Wood

Gift of Bonnie J. Dodwell for David, Brian, Jennifer and Christina Dodwell

5 x 15 x 3.25 in

This striking sculpture depicts a pair of figures in a style that does not conform to a particular African ethnic group. Instead, it reflects the hybridisation of styles that characterises the production of much of African art in the latter 20th century. Paired figures occur frequently in African art, particularly among Dogon, Lobi and Baule peoples in West Africa. In Central Africa, Luba peoples not only sculpt paired figures but also figures placed back to back. It is thought that such iconography refers to the threshold between the two worlds of the living and the dead, and thus situates the intersection between human and spirit realms.

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