"Figurative and animal sculpture in terra cotta was produced by people inhabiting the Inland Niger Delta between the 11th and the 17th centuries, a period marked by the successive trans-Saharan trading empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai in West Africa.
"Because the majority of these works emerged via market forces during the 1970s and '80s, as opposed to via archaeological excavation, little is known about their original context, their functions, or the populations who produced them. Scholars have little sense of the scope of the corpus or its regional distribution and are at a loss to understand chronological relationships between sculptures."
Kristina Van Dyke
Extract from: Ancestors of Congo Square
© 2011 New Orleans Museum of Art
Djenne terracotta #02 • The Menil Collection, Houston, TX • Access # 81-56 DJ • Reproduced in African Art from the Menil Collection edited by Kristina Van Dyke (The Menil
Collection, 2008), p. 66
Yale # 0110785
Djenne terracotta #03 • New Orleans Museum of Art • Gift of the Robert and Helen Kuhn Families
• Access # 97.138 • Reproduced in • Ancestors of Congo Square, African Art in the New
Orleans Museum of Art edited by William Fagaly (Scala, 2011), p. 25
Yale # 0017347
Djenne terracotta #04 • Collection Marc Blanpain • Reproduced in Rêves de
Beauté - Sculptures africaines de la collection Blanpain edited by Bernard de Grunne (5 Continents Editions, 2005), p. 66
Yale # 0103949
Djenne terracotta #06 • Collection Marc Blanpain • Reproduced in Rêves de Beauté - Sculptures africaines de la collection Blanpain edited by Bernard de Grunne (5 Continents Editions, 2005), p. 61
Yale # 0103943
Djenne terracotta #08 • Private Collection • Reproduced in Earth and Ore - 2500 Years of African Art in Terra-cotta and
Metal edited by Karl-Ferdinand Schaedler (Panterra Verlag, 1997), p. 56
Yale # 0019314
Djenne terracotta #09 • Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva • Access # 1004-78 • Reproduced in African Terra Cottas, A Millenary
Heritage edited by Floriane Morin & Boris Wastiau (Musée Barbier-Mueller & Somogy Editions d’Art, 2008), p. 87
Yale # 0017337
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