About this object

Horses and riders are widely associated with powerful and wealthy people in West Africa. The horseman is a fairly common theme in Dogon sculpture. This one is covered in sacrificial material and may have been removed from a shrine devoted to an ancestor who was a hogon or ‘priest’. A hogon was traditionally the most powerful person in a Dogon community.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Foodstuff; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Gallery Menist, 1966
  • Collector
    Gallery Menist
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa: Mali
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    175 mm x 109 mm x 50 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: 6. Tellem Figure of Man on Horse. Gallery Menist, 1 Hartenstraat, Amsterdam C, Netherlands. Purchase.
  • Related people
    Gallery Menist ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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