Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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equestrian figure
  • unknown Dogon maker
  • equestrian figure, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Cameroon?
  • brass
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 57 x 15 x 42 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 22 7/16 x 5 7/8 x 16 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3039

The human figure is seated astride a horse on its rear feet. The human is wearing a hat of concentric rings and two baldrics which have a rectangle at the bottom, probably a bag. There is no other indication of clothing or nudity. He is sitting in a saddle and his feet are in stirrups and he has a spear in his right hand. The horse has large ears and the mane hair is short and spiked. The neck is covered with a series of concentric circles with bands of zigzags at the top and bottom. The saddle blankets are decorated with rows of zigzag. The horse's front legs are in the air, and the tail is raised. He is on a horseshoe shaped base.

The chain for reins has a hook for the rider that may once have been hooked on the left hand.