Equestrian Figure

A work made of wood and sacrificial material.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood and sacrificial material.

Date:

16th/19th century

Artist:

Dogon or Tellem
Bandiagara region, Mali
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

In the 15th century, Dogon people fleeing hostilities in their homeland—caused by slave raiders’ incursions and the expansion of Islam—migrated to the rocky Bandiagara Escarpment in present-day Mali, where they encountered the Tellem people. While the Dogon eventually expelled the Tellem from the region, the two peoples appear to have influenced each other’s sculptural styles. This horse-and-rider features the pared-down style and encrusted surface associated with sculptures made by the Tellem.

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Artist

Dogon

Title

Equestrian Figure

Origin

Mali

Date

1500–1900

Medium

Wood and sacrificial material

Dimensions

35.2 × 6.4 × 12.1 cm (13 7/8 × 2 1/2 × 4 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Raymond Wielgus

Reference Number

1961.911

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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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