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    SENUFO, Ivory Coast
    Equestrian Figure

    Wood

    Horses are always status symbols among the Senufo; only wealthy male elders can afford one, and they are only used for riding, never as draft animals. The animist Senufo also experienced 19th century cavalry raids on their villages by northern Islamized Diula people, and so horses are associated with violence and disorder as well as power. The image of the horse and rider has come to symbolize the power of the horse subdued by the greater power and authority of the rider.

    Most equestrian images are used by members of the women's Sandogo divination society, which helps maintain relationships of individuals to spiritual beings. Sandogo members deal with the personal problems brought to them by their clients through divination procedures that often involve the reading of patterns made after objects are cast on the ground. These objects may include wood carvings kept by Sandogo members. Carved images also double as display pieces that advertise the expertise of their owner by their aesthetic excellence and by their subject matter. An equestrian figure is of high value.

    As is usual with Senufo equestrian images, the horse is quite small in relation to the rider, who sits erect on his saddle, controlling his mount with the reins in his left hand and a spear in his right hand. His smooth, gently-curved face and crested hairstyle contrast with the bold, angular simplicity of the horse, whose fore and hind legs have been condensed into two slabs of wood for the sake of weight and durability.

    Provenance:
    From the Estate of Liz Claiborne and Arthur Ortenberg

    Read more about the Liz Claiborne and Arthur Ortenberg Collection here.


    Sotheby's, Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, May 19, 2001, lot 123
    European Private Collection
    Collected in the vicinity of Korhogo, Cote d'Ivoire, by Simone Escarre in the 1930s.

    Height: 11 inches


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