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DJENNE culture Inland Niger Delta, Mali
Horse and rider 1150-1400 AD Place made: Mali
Creation Notes: Oxford University thermoluminescence test of 20/2/1980 showed the clay to have been fired 700 +/- 135 years ago. Town of Djenne-Djenno founded c.800AD, power of state eclipsed by c.16th century.
Materials & Technique: sculptures, terracotta modelling with incised marking
Dimensions: 66.0 h x 38.0 w x 12.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.2695
Subject: African art
  • part of a group of fragments, probably collected by Bubu Chara, Mupti, 1973-74 (in Europe, in the late 1970s, these fragments were assembled into at least three figures: the NGA's; one in the Smithsonian, Washington DC; another in a private collection);
  • from whom probably bought by the dealer-collector Samir Boro, Brussels;
  • from whom acquired by Lin and Emile Deletaille, Brussels;
  • to Entwistle Gallery, Paris
  • from whom bought by the Australian National Gallery, September 1980