- Museum number
Carved wooden figure group, consisting of horsemen, imported goods, military insignia, Europeans, rifles, wild beasts and masqueraders painted in white with black markings on the face. The images are carved separately and then pieced together (using nails) on a central wooden armature.
- Production date
Height: 150 centimetres
Width: 92 centimetres
Depth: 92 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This carved, wooden complex consists of many images of power, such as horsemen, imported goods, military insignia, Europeans, rifles, wild beasts and masqueraders painted in white with black markings on the face. Such structures act as rallying points for public displays of dancing by different social groups. The images are carved separately and then pieced together on a central wooden armature.
H.M. Cole, Icons: ideals and power in the (Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989)
Carved wood: a group composed of many figures of humans and animals some of the figures have been carved separately and attached with nails. The whole is supported on four legs consisting of four standing figures holding guns.
J. Perani and F.T. Smith, The visual arts of Africa: gen (Prentic Hall, New Jersey, 1998)
- On display (G25/od/POWER)
- Exhibition history
1977 London, BM, Animals in Art
1991, BM Room 91, Collecting in the 20th Century
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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