Guimbala equestrian figure in terracotta.
Mali, Guimbala Culture.
Presumed dating: 10th-12th century.
Two old restorations - recollages - are visible at the bottom of the bust and on the rider's neck.
- Arts d'Afrique noire, Autumn 1987.
- Les cavaliers du Guimbala. Histoire d'un style, Michèle Coquet, in De l'art nègre à l'art africain, 1er colloque européen sur les arts d'Afrique noire, Arnouville, 1990.
- Hunters and Warriors, Dapper Museum, Paris, 1998:
« From a quick investigation (...) we retain this statement from the chief blacksmith of the village of K...
« In the past, when an illustrious person, man or woman, died, a pottery was shaped in his memory, the lid of which was topped with an equestrian figure. After cooking by "pure" potters, the patriarchs installed it in a preserved corner of the family courtyard and consecrated it with libations and sacrifices after placing relics - hair, nail clippings and small objects - of the ancestor in question there. Sometimes only a brass equestrian statue of the ancestor was placed in the pottery, in which case the lid of the pottery had no human figures on it. »
« Pending a thorough investigation into the Guimballa statues, it can be said that they served as a domestic support for the cult of an illustrious ancestor to whom propitiatory offerings were made. »
2 200 €