Dogon Tintam Female Figure, Mali, ca. late 17th or early 18th century
Private Collection, USA, acquired from the above
Lisa Bradley, New York, acquired from the above
Myron Kunin, Minneapolis, acquired from the above on March 21, 2005
The upraised arm, the four fingers folded over the palm, is a guesture of prayer, and as Leloup (2011: 258) explains, "implores the benevolent spirits to release the rain."
The figure is accompanied by a copy of a Radiocarbon Calibration Report from Rafter Radiocarbon Laboratory, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, issued September 23, 2004, stating that a sample taken from the figure dates to 295 years before the date of testing, plus or minus 30 years.