Head Fragment from Mali

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James Blake Wiener
published on 13 October 2017
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Scholars believe that the ancestors of the people who now live in Mali used terracotta figures in rituals. This example is made of terracotta and possibly dates from 1300-1600s CE. It represents a god to whom people prayed and made offerings. In return, worshipers expected to receive the god's support. (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto)

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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 World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2017, October 13). Head Fragment from Mali. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/7431/head-fragment-from-mali/

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