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Senufo Rider on Horse Equestrian Figure Ivory Coast African Art

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Title Senufo Rider on Horse Equestrian Figure Ivory Coast African Art
Type of Object Sculpture, Carving, Figure
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire or Mali
People Senufo
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Mid-20th Century
Dimensions Height: 7 Inches
Width: 3 Inches
Depth: 10 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.


Additional Information:  A well worn. mounted male figure from the Senufo people of Ivory Coast.  Senufo equestrian carvings are rarely surpassed in image and representation.  However, its distinctive shape and emphasized masculinity, combined with its obvious age and signs of use, indicate a specific purpose and one that was allied to ceremonial or ritual activities over an extended period. 

Among the Senufo of Ivory Coast, art plays a prominent role in their ceremonial and ritual life.  Male or female figures such as this represented ancestors with some degree of prestige being mounted on a horse.  Other mounted figures were used during Sando divination to carry messages to the spirit world.  The diviner, most often a woman, would cast a set of cowry shells and interpret them.  She would then repeat the message to the mounted figures known as Tu’ule so they could carry it to the spirits and return with an answer for the client.  The Senufo also have a wide range of objects that were associated to the men’s Poro secret society serving as symbols of office and rank as well as devices used during initiations. Mounted figures among a number of the peoples of the western Sudan including the Senufo attribute status and rank or importance to a mounted individual or one able to own and support a horse. 

 Recommended  Reading:

Glaze, Anita J.  “Art and Death in a Senufo Village.  1981.

Forster, T., Die Kunst Der Senufo, Museum Reitberg Zurich. 1988.