Head of a Hobbyhorse

Head of a Hobbyhorse

late 1800s-early 1900s

Wood, metal

Overall: 40.7 cm (16 in.)

James Albert Ford Memorial Fund 1935.307

Description

Pertaining to the male initiation society called Korè, this sculpture from the Koulikoro region represents the head of an aardvark and is part of a wooden hobbyhorse that is mounted by a ritual buffoon. The Korè initiates are divided into different classes, each having a designated mask. The ritual buffoons appear in pantomimes on different public occasions and poke fun at village authorities and other high-ranking individuals.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Wood, metal

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