Dogon Horse And Rider Mali African Art Miniature
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Dogon Horse And Rider Mali African Art Miniature:
TitleDogon Horse and Rider Mali African Art MiniatureType of ObjectCarving, Figure, Statue, SculptureCountry of OriginMaliPeopleDogonMaterialsWood, pigment Approximate AgeMid 20th centuryOther DimensionsHeight: 13.5 Inches
Width: 2.5 Inches
Depth: 6.25 Inches
Overall ConditionGood. Most ofÂ our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Â Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.Â We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.Â Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.Damage/RepairGreatly weathered, worn and used. Cracks chips and general wear
Additional Information: A wonderful figure depicts a horse and rider. The facial features of the horseman reflect the style of the Dogon sculpture rather than this of their neighbors, the Bamana. In both cultures, equestrian figures reflect the prestige and power surrounding an animal that has been associated with royalty since horses were introduced to West Africa more than a thousand years ago. "Dogon equestrian figures are most often identified as images of the HOGON, since in Dogon society horses are a luxury generally reserved for rich an powerful people." Horses appear in Dogon mythology about the creation of the world, and the horse has been interpreted as a blacksmith who represents NOMMO, or other mythological beings. According to DOGON CLIFF DWELLERS, by Imperato (which I am selling on ) the horse was the first animal to leave the ark, in Dogon mythology, and symbolize chieftainship, power, and wealth. The wear on the surface of this figure indicates some age. This figure will have a strong presence in a collection.
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