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Horse and Rider

Photo: Paul Macapia

Horse and Rider

Riding a horse is a noble act in West Africa, signaling the arrival of a warrior or leader. This Dogon rider is likely a founding father who hurtled down to earth on a rainbow, but crashed on impact. His broken limbs turned into working joints as he set out in search of land to cultivate.

14 3/8 x 3 7/8 x 12 1/4 in. (36.5 x 9.8 x 31.1 cm)
Gift of Katherine White and the Boeing Company
Photo: Paul Macapia
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back, February 7, 2002-April 30, 2006

Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland Museum of Art, African Tribal Images: the Katherine White Reswick Collection, July 10-September 1, 1968; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The University of Pennsylvania, October 10-December 1, 1968

Los Angeles, California, Frederick S Wight Gallery, University of California, African Art In Motion, January 20-March 17, 1974; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., April 21-July 30, 1974.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Praise Poems: The Katherine White Collection, July 29-September 29, 1984; Washington, D.C., National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, , October 31, 1984-February 25, 1985; Raleigh, North Carolina, April 6-May 19, 1985; Fort Worth, Texas, The Kimbell Art Museum, September 7-November 25, 1985; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, March 8-April 20, 1986.
Published ReferencesMcClusky, Pamela, Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke A Back, Seattle Art Museum, 2002, pg. 42

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