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Equestrian Figure (Dogon People, Mali)14 x 3 x 9 ″Hand cast of bronze, employing old wax method.Sold
This equestrian figure was constructed and designed by the Dogon People of the Republic of Mali. In Dogon culture, the horse is conceptualized as an exotic creature only affordable by wealthy merchants and chiefs. “Dogon figures depicting horses and equestrian figures "reflect the prestige and power that has been associated with the horse since it was introduced to West Africa more than a thousand years ago" (Metropolitan Museum of Art 2021). Indeed, the animal occupies a privileged place in Dogon myth, as it was the first to leave the heavenly ark from which the earth was populated and organized. This specific piece is distinguishable in that the horse carries two riders; its construction requiring a meticulous attention to artistic detail. REFERENCES:
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2021. “Ring: Equestrian Figure.” New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art Catalog.