Portrait of Sogolon, Mother of Sundiata, Founder of the Empire of Mali
Djenné Artist, Mali
9 1/2 x 5 x 5 inches
On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 410
This torso, from the region of the ancient city of Djenné, depicts Sogolon, mother of Sundiata Keita (ca. 1217–1255 CE), founder of the Mali Empire. Sogolon was a real woman immortalized in the Epic of Sundiata. Over time, myth imbued her with supernatural abilities, including invincibility and the ability to transform herself into a buffalo-woman.
Purchase with Fred and Rita Richman Special Initiatives Endowment Fund for African Art