Lost History: the terracotta sculpture of Djenne Djenno


Seated figure, 13th century, Mali, Inland Niger Delta (Djenné peoples), terracotta, 25.4 x 29.9cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Speakers: Dr. Kristina Van Dyke and Dr. Steven Zucker

Are these little-understood figures representations of diseased people, or an attempt to ward off illness?


Additional resources:

This work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Djenné on Art and Life in Africa (University of Iowa)

Works from Djenné at the Yale University Art Gallery

The Spread of Islam in West Africa (Stanford University)

 

Cite this page as: Dr. Kristina Van Dyke and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Lost History: the terracotta sculpture of Djenne Djenno," in Smarthistory, September 8, 2017, accessed December 6, 2019, https://smarthistory.org/lost-history-the-terracotta-sculpture-of-djenne-djenno-2/.