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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
Accession Number:
Not on view
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

Ezra, Kate. Art of the Dogon: Selections from the Lester Wunderman Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1988, no. 51.

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