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Ritual Vessel (Aduno Koro): Horse

Date:
19th–20th century
Geography:
Mali
Culture:
Dogon peoples
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/4 x W. 22 3/8 x D. 4 1/4 in. (18.4 x 56.9 x 10.8 cm)
Classification:
Wood-Containers
Credit Line:
Gift of Lester Wunderman, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.394.41
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

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