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Dogon people Inner Niger delta, Bandiagara cliffs, Mali
Female "Tellem" figure praying for rain [Standing Tellem figure with arms raised, breasts and heavy encrustation] late 19th century or earlier Place made: Mali
Materials & Technique: sculptures, ceremonial objects, wood, ceremonial encrustation carving
Primary Insc: 47
Dimensions: 47.0 h cm
Acknowledgement: Max Ernst Collection, purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.1833
Subject: African art
Provenance:
  • bought by Max Ernst from early 1940s;
  • by descent to his widow, Dorothea Tanning, in 1976;
  • to Douglas Ewing, New York, in 1983;
  • from whom bought by the Australian National Gallery, October 1985