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Figure équestre Sénoufo
Senufo equestrian figure
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Figure équestre Sénoufo Senufo equestrian figure

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Figure équestre Sénoufo
Senufo equestrian figure
Côte d'Ivoire
Hauteur: 41 cm. (16 in.)
Provenance
Mathias Komor, New York, 1950
Edith Gregor Halpert, New York
Collection privée américaine
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In her discussion of Senufo horse and rider figures, Kate Ezra notes: 'In the late nineteenth century, warriors on horseback were a frequent site in Senufo villages. Some of these rider were soldiers in the army of Dyula empire-builder, Samori Ture, pursuing Senufo captives and destroying their homes and fields. Others were Senufo leaders, defending their villages against the invaders. [H]orses are synonymous with aggression, power, and wealth in Senufo art and culture' (in Chemeche, The Horse and Rider in Africa, 'The Image of the Horse and Rider in Senufo Art', 2001, p. 29). The deep, oily patina and softly worn surface attest to years of handling for the Halpert figure; see Goldwater, Senufo, The Museum for Primitive Art, 1964, figure 77 for a related figure atop a headdress.

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Dans son étude sur les statuettes équestres sénoufo, Kate Ezra indique qu'à "la fin du XIXème siècle les guerriers à cheval étaient fréquents dans les villages Sénoufo. Certains de ces cavaliers étaient des soldats de l'arme du bâtisseur d'empire Dyula, Samory Touré, poursuivant les prisonniers sénoufo et détruisant leurs maisons et leurs champs. D'autres étaient des responsables sénoufo, défendant leur village contre les envahisseurs [...] Les chevaux sont synonymes d'agressivité, de puissance et de richesse dans l'art et la culture Sénoufo" (in Chemeche, The Horse and Rider in Africa, 'The Image of the Horse and Rider in Senufo Art', 2001, p.29). La patine huileuse profonde ainsi que la surface délicatement usée témoignent des années d'utilisation de la statuette de la collection Halpert. Voir Goldwater, Senufo, The Museum for Primitive Art, 1964, fig.77 pour une statuette comparable située au sommet d'une coiffe.
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