THIS NEEDS TO BE BRIGHTENED AND ALSO TILTED A LITTLE TO GET RID OF ODD EDGES

In the first part of the course, we analyzed the Seated Couple, Dogon tribe, c. 1900. The man has one arm around his wife and the other on the other signifier of his masculinity – his penis. The woman’s hands frame her pelvic region. When French colonists arrived in the area of Mali where the Dogon resided, they saw this type of statue in many homes and asked the residents why? It happened that most of the hosts were bachelors, and they hoped that the statues would help them find wives. The matchmaking spirit would realize that the host wanted a woman of his own to hold as is represented in the statue. The other hosts happened to be widowers. They wanted spirits of their deceased wives to come back and live in the statue so that they would be spiritually/spatially reunited. In respect to our discussions of disegno esterno and disegno interno, the craftsman was solely concerned with a spiritual. This is not a statue of earthly reality or concrete matter; it is a spirit house, and so there is no inclusion of anatomy, proportion, mass, or any other element of direct observation. The statue’s purpose and style exist within the metaphysical realm.