Horse Head (Koredugaso)

A work made of wood, metal, and string.

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  • A work made of wood, metal, and string.

Date:

Early/mid– 20th century

Artist:

Bamana
Mali
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

The long, pointed ears, bulging eyes, pronounced snout, and delicate and muted incised decorative elements along its face define this Bamana koredugaso (wooden horse head). This head would have been attached to a long pole at its neck and used as a puppet in Kore society performances. Ntomo and Kore societies exist throughout the Niger Valley; Ntomo was a society for young boys to learn discipline before being initiated into the more secretive Kore society as adolescents. Bamana people understand Kore as the “father of the rain and thunder,” and therefore as related to agriculture—one of the key elements of knowledge to which boys are exposed to in their initiation into Kore. This head may have been used in performances for initiation ceremonies, which take place every seven years, the more frequent dances enacted to bring about rain for farming, or perhaps both.

–Permanent Collection Object Description

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Arts of Africa

Artist

Bamana

Title

Horse Head (Koredugaso)

Origin

Mali

Date

1900–1975

Medium

Wood, metal, and string

Dimensions

L. 34.3 cm (13 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund and Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf

Reference Number

1964.229

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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