This Bamana horse and rider figure shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.
Photographs © Hamill Gallery
17" high x 9.25" long x 3.5" deep
The Bamana, like their neighbors, the Dogon, often used horsemen in some traditional sculpture. Only the greatest leaders were depicted on horseback. Owning a horse was a luxury, only for the rich and.powerful or those of high rank. Being shown on horseback was a great honor and so was ownership of a sculpture of a horseman, celebrating aesthetic expression and indicating wealth and status.
Except for having lost the spear held in the right hand, this figure is in good condition.
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