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Horse and Rider

Artist/Maker: Akan people (Ghana)

Date: early 20th century
Medium: wood and paint
Overall: 12 1/2 x 4 5/8 x 13 in. (31.8 x 11.7 x 33 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Gift of Jo Ann and Alan Lederman
Object number: 83.0174
DescriptionRiding is a metaphor for the ability to harness or control power, either secular power – rulers parading on horseback – or spirit power – spirits “mounting” the heads of their devotees. The white color on this horse and rider indicates a spiritual state. Sculptures such as this are placed on the shrines of healing priests and priestesses in Akan societies as images of their helping spirits.
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