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African art - Rider:

The riders are generally made of bronze, but many of them are made of wood. True masterpieces of Dogon, Sao, Bamoun, Yoruba art


Sao Bronze
African art > Bronze rider, wooden rider, dogon, yoruba > Sao Bronze

In African art, works inspired by Sao Sokoto are mainly influenced by the equestrian world.
Within the ethnic group, small examples of horsemen, generally made of bronze, are melted and worn as talismans, patinated and lustrous by friction. They are considered above all as a remedy to fight against possession by evil spirits. The horse represents the spirit of the person who is possessed, while the genius who possesses him is symbolized by the rider.
Subjected to successive attacks from their neighbors in Kanem then to hordes from the East, the Sao had to abandon their lands to settle in the North-West of Cameroon where they interbred with the natives thus giving birth to the Kotoko. More than an ethnic group, the Sao are a civilization that has now disappeared. They were ...


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Yoruba Statuette
African art > Bronze rider, wooden rider, dogon, yoruba > Yoruba Statuette

The figures on mounts, intended for Yoruba altars, represented a deified ancestor or one of the multiple orisa gods, comparable to Christian saints, belonging to the Yoruba pantheon. The equine, rare in the region, constituted an attribute of prestige which was reserved for the nobility and sovereigns. Satin patina. Cracks (base).
The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwest Nigeria and the central and southeastern region of Benin under the name of Nago. They are patrilineal, practice excision and circumcision. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu were born following the disappearance of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the political structure of the Yoruba . The Oyo created two cults centered on the Egungun and Sango societies, still active, which worship their gods, ...


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150.00

Sao Bronze
African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Sao Bronze

Used as an amulet credited with apotropaic virtues, this small bronze sculpture constitutes, for the Sao, a talisman worn permanently, supposed to protect them from madness. The genius who possesses the madman is represented by the rider, the horse representing the victim. This horseman wearing a cheche rides an equine which was a rare attribute of prestige in these regions of the Sahel.
The Sao, ancestors of the Kotoko, were established between the 12th and 14th centuries in a geographical area extending over the borders between Chad, northern Cameroon and Nigeria. They established themselves on hills, which enabled them to repel invaders. Subjected to successive attacks from their neighbors in Kanem and then to hordes from the East, the Sao had to abandon their lands to settle ...


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40.00

Urhobo Rider
African art > Bronze rider, wooden rider, dogon, yoruba > Urhobo Rider

Iphri type sculpture in figurative version. Satin black patina, abrasions and drying cracks.
The Urhobos, living near the northwest of the Niger Delta River, form the major ethnic group in Delta State among the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They speak Urhobo, a language of the Niger-Congo group. Along with the Isoko, whose art is similar, they are collectively known as Sobo. Their large sculptures representing the spirits of nature, edjo, or the founding ancestors of the clan, to whom sacrifices were offered, were grouped in sanctuaries within the villages. They also produce figures similar to the ikenga of the Igbo called iphri, half-animal, half-human in shape. They personify masculine aggression and are intended for warriors and notables. However, after ...


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490.00

Dogon Rider
African art > Bronze rider, wooden rider, dogon, yoruba > Dogon Rider

African sculpture of Dogon inspiration depicting a man riding his mount. Thick grainy patina, gaps and erosions.
The frequent representations of riders among the Dogon of Mali refer to their cosmogony and their complex religious myths. Indeed, one of the Nommos, ancestors of men, resurrected by the creator god Amma, descended to earth carried by an ark transformed into a horse. In addition, the highest authority of the Dogon people, the religious leader named Hogon, paraded on his mount during his enthronement because according to custom he was not to set foot on the ground. In the region of the cliffs of Sangha, inaccessible on horseback, the priests wore it, while neighing in reference to the mythical ancestor Nommo.


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180.00

Yoruba Rider
African art > Bronze rider, wooden rider, dogon, yoruba > Yoruba Rider

This sculpture of a rider on his mount depicts a deified ancestor, one of the multiple gods, orisa, comparable to Christian saints and who make up the Yoruba pantheon. The statue also evokes the divine messenger Esù or Elégba. The equine, rare in the region, constituted a prestigious attribute which was reserved for the nobility and the sovereigns. This type of sculpture was intended for a Yurba altar. Polychrome matte patina. Desication abrasions and cracks.
The Yoruba, more than 20 million, occupy southwestern Nigeria and the central and southeastern region of Benin under the name of Nago. They are patrilineal, practice excision and circumcision. Centered on its multiple gods or orisa, the Yoruba religion is famous for its altars on which sacrifices are performed. The arts and ...


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180.00

Yoruba Rider
African art > Bronze rider, wooden rider, dogon, yoruba > Yoruba Rider

Within the Yoruba pantheon, Orunmila is the "orisa" deity that one consults in case of problem through divination ifà thanks to the diviner babalawo (iyanifà for a woman). Intended to sit enthroned on the ritual altar, this Yoruba-type sculpture is made up of a box intended for the sacred palm nuts, carried by a horseman figure. The character would embody Esu or Elegba, divine messenger who unites the orisa to men. Satin patina. Cracks and erosions on the base.
Centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko). They are designed by the sculptors at the request of the followers, soothsayers and their customers. These spirits are said to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare. The kingdoms of Oyo and ...


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290.00





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