This is a hand held dancing stick, the face is painted with a white blaze and the inside of the ears are red.
This is used by the men of the Bamana tribe during their ceremonies. The tribes people dance to draw out the spirit of the horse as an animal with much status. To be a chief is to ride a horse in indygo robes decorating the horse with neck tassels and colour blankets.
This votive horse is made from a very light wood.
25 1/2” 65 cm height body length 8 1/4” 22 cm.
Provenance: purchased from Harvey Derrien by Private collector, 2000, approx value £40