Ring Depicting a Rider on Horseback

A work made of copper alloy.

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  • A work made of copper alloy.

Date:

Probably late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Dogon
Mali
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

Small cast copper-alloy ornaments are made across West Africa within the arc of the great Niger River. Brass or bronze casting has powerful associations with the supernatural because, like ironworking, it is a highly specialized process that uses fire to transform a raw material into a form that is useful and meaningful to humans. Dogon political and spiritual leaders wear copper-alloy ornaments that express power, such as this remarkably detailed horse and rider.

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Artist

Dogon

Title

Ring Depicting a Rider on Horseback

Origin

Mali

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Copper alloy

Dimensions

H. 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

Reference Number

2006.116

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