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The horse rider in African art

Author: George Chemeche; John Pemberton
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk : Antique Collectors' Club, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Horses are very rare in Africa. The few to be found west of Sudan, from the lands of the Sahara and Sahel down to the fringes of the tropical forests, belong to the king, the chief warrior and to notable persons. Due to the dense humidity of the tropical rainforest and the deadly tsetse fly, only restricted numbers of horses survive. And yet rider and mount sculptures are common among the Dogon, Djenne, Bamana,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Catalogs
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Chemeche; John Pemberton
ISBN: 9781851496341 1851496343
OCLC Number: 641499669
Description: 381 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), 1 color map ; 24 x 28 cm
Contents: Introduction / George Chemeche --
Equestrian figures in Yoruba art / John Pemberton III --
Heroic riders and divine horses / Bernard de Grunne --
The image of the horse and rider in Senufo art / Kate Ezra --
The artistry of the Sogobò masquerade in Mali / Mary Jo Arnoldi --
Plates. Wood ; Metals ; Terra Cotta ; Stone ; Ivory ; Beads.
Responsibility: George Chemeche ; essays by John Pemberton III [and others].

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This visually stunning book presents a wealth of African art depicting the horse and its rider in a variety of guises, from Epa masks and Yoruba divination cups to Dogon sculptures and Senufo  Read more...

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This book builds and expands the scholarship covering this central motif in African art and culture and serves as an authoritative contribution to the field. --Nicole Beatty, ARLIS -- Nicole Beatty Read more...

 
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