Primitive Folk Art Wood Bambara Koredugaw Puppet Horse West African Equestrian


I am pleased to offer this Antique Hand Crafted Wooden Puppet Korèdugaw Horse Sculpture by the Bambara Tribe of West Africa! 

This beautiful and unusual looking horse sculpture was skillfully hand carved from wood, and intricately detailed with hand hammered brass mask and fittings.  The mane and tail were threaded with actual horse hair for added effect, and a “saddle” was carved into the back.  There is a large hole in which rope would be pushed through in order to carry and manipulate the horse.

These horse were used by the Koredugaw of Mali; often referred to as “Ritual buffoons”.  The Koredugaw would dress in comical costumes and commonly perform and interrupt celebrations to the amusement of all.  Their history stretches back to ancient times of the nations, to the era of the Bambara kingdom of Segou, when their main mission was to avert wars between rival chiefs.

Above their entertaining, they fill a genuine role in their society, as they promote education and reconciliation, and thus strengthen social cohesion. 

The wear of the horse gives it a fantastic character, and suggests that it was a very used piece in the rituals and performances of the Koredugaw.  If only it could talk to tell us its stories!

Measures approx. 35″ Tall


SKU: 57366 Category: Antiques Tags: African, Antiques, Ethnographic, Sculptures, Statues


This antique Koredugaw Horse is in good condition for its age. The wood shows heavy scratching from previous use and display. There are numerous cracks and fissures in the wood, and what appears to be a antique repair on the bottom half of the stick. The brass shows beautiful patina from age.


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