BAMANA HORSEMEN, Mali

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BAMANA
Horseman 1
"
$

 

BAMANA
Horseman 2
"
$

 

BAMANA
Horseman 3
40"
$1000

 

BAMANA
Puppet 61
26"
SOLD

 

BAMANA
Puppet 62
25"
SOLD


Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAMANA, HORSEMEN, Mali

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.

Our Bamana horse and rider figures show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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