These Bamana horse and rider figures show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.
The Bamana, like their neighbors, the Dogon, often used horsemen in some traditional sculpture. Only the greatest leaders were depicted on horseback. Owning a horse was a luxury, only for the rich and.powerful or those of high rank. Being shown on horseback was a great honor and so was ownership of a sculpture of a horseman, celebrating aesthetic expression and indicating wealth and status.
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