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This exquisite figure is a sensitive study in line and balance with triangles of positive and negative space populating the front and the whole unified by the spatulate hands and hips and encrusted patina which has compressed overtime to have feeling of leather.
Leloup explains that the Kambari style is unique, especially as seen in the Bartos figure: 'statues of the southern cliff ar small or medium, without paticular details or scarifications. Apparently, this type of sculpture cannot be found anywhere else: figures with their elbows on their knees and covering their face' (op. cit., p. 150).
The catalogue of the superb Dogon exhibition curated by Hlne Leloup at the Quai Branly museum (2011) present a very interesting essay by Alain-Dominique Reymond about pre-Dogon and Dogon patinas. From this classification, the Bartos Kambari Dogon figure would be related to the E type, designating the rippling aspect and surface patina.