This Bamana horse and rider figure shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.
Photographs © Hamill Gallery
48" high x 21" long x 11.5" deep
There are cracks (now old and stable) on the left side of the horse and on the front of the rider's face. There is extensive termite/insect damage, especially on the head of the horse (see details below) and the tail.
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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