Peoples & Societies


Djennenke and Soninke are cultural designations for ancient and rare wooden statues collected in the region of Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali. Figures that have been subjected to scientific analysis are dated as early as the 11th century CE. The wooden sculptures, some of which have an oily patina, represent human figures detailed with scarification, jewelry, and clothing.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 301.

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