Dogon Tintam Female Figure, Mali, ca. late 17th or early 18th century
- Height: 26 in (66 cm)
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
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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.