Ritual Vessel (Aduno Koro): Horse
- 19th–20th century
- Dogon peoples
- H. 7 1/4 x W. 22 3/8 x D. 4 1/4 in. (18.4 x 56.9 x 10.8 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Lester Wunderman, 1977
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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.