H. 7 1/4 x W. 22 3/8 x D. 4 1/4 in. (18.4 x 56.9 x 10.8 cm)
Gift of Lester Wunderman, 1977
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 350
Although considerably smaller in scale than most other ritual vessels of this variety, this rectangular, flat-bottomed container with a projecting horse’s head and tail relates to a genre of receptacles for offerings known as aduno koro, or "ark of the world." Part of family altars dedicated to Amma, the Creator, they relate in form to a mythic ark that descended from the heavens with living beings within. The imagery evokes this journey that led to the transference of life to earth.
(Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, November 8, 1972, No. 38); Lester Wunderman, New York, 1972–1977