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    DOGON HORSE AND RIDER
    (MALI, WESTERN AFRICA)

    Equestrian images are one of the iconic presentations of West African sculpture. The mounted warrior, usually brandishing one or more weapons, is a powerful embodiment of male leadership. Its distaff counterpart, the maternity presentation, honors the vital role of women within African cultures. The rider may refer to a hogon, a respected elder and a spiritual leader who symbolizes Dogon beliefs of creation.

    The warrior of this very weathered example has lost most of his arms and any evidence of a spear, sword or other weapon that was originally present. He was likely holding a spear with his raised right hand, and probably was wearing bracelets indicating status. The beard indicates elder status. The rider sits on a saddle, and there is evidence of a bridle on the horse's head.

    The extreme weathering of this sculpture may be the result of the piece being left in a cave shelter for a considerable period of time. Very little of the original surface is evident. In the very dry Dogon country objects can last for a long period of time. In recent years Dogon carvings, including equestrian pieces, have resulted in radiocarbon dates from the nineteenth to fourteenth centuries.

    Height: 23 ΒΌ inches


    Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000.

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    May, 2015
    15th Friday
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