This Bamana horse and rider figure shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.
Photographs © Hamill Gallery
45.5" high x 18.5" long x 10" deep
There are cracks on the horse's back in front of the rider and dowm the rider's right leg. They are now old and stable.
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.
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