Despite their appearance, these horsemen were probably made to be sold.
Photographs © Hamill Gallery
DOGON, HORSEMEN, Mali
These carved wooden equestrian figures express status, prestige and power. They would bring honor to the ancestors, the current leadership and the owner of the sculpture. Although rare, horsemen as icons have existed for 1000 years in Mali. Some would depict a hogon, the supreme officeholder, a semi-divine leader of great wisdom, or even a mythological emissary from a distant land. Many would be depicted as warriors, however horseman 9 relates more to the old Tellem figures, seemingly praying to the heavens.
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