Fragment of a Female Figure from Mali

Illustration

James Blake Wiener
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published on 13 October 2017

This broken figure of glazed terracotta is one of many old sculptures made of fired clay found since the 1970s around the modern city of Djenné in Mali. It dates from perhaps the 1300-1600s CE. Artists modeled the figures free-handed. They created the body decorations by cutting lines in the clay and adding extra layers. All the pieces are solid, polished, and covered with red clay glaze. (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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