Dogon Horse & Rider Figural Container 29.5″ – Mali – African Art

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This container was created in the style of the Dogon people of Mali. The piece has a horse and rider carved on top that acts as the lid. The container measures 29.5 inches tall and weighs 23.5 pounds. There has been repairs to parts of the rim on the base and the figure’s beard is chipped. there is also minor cracking and wear and tear – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figural Container

Country of Origin






Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


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Weight (Pounds)

23.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Repairs to base. Chipped beard. Wear and tear throughout.


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Tribe Information

About the Dogon People

The Dogon have become popularized for their ancient tales on human origins and extraterrestrial contact. According to legend, a race of beings called Nommo, came from the star system Sirius, thousands of years ago. The beings are said to have come to Earth and provided humans with knowledge.  They gave the Dogon information about their solar system as well as our own. These same creatures also appear in Babylonian and Sumerian myths.

Oddly, the Dogon did have knowledge for centuries that were, until Galileo and his telescope, unknown to the Western world. They identified Jupiter’s moons and Saturn’s rings and knew that the Sun was the center of our solar system. They have stories about the big bang and other astronomical events. They had awareness about an invisible companion star orbiting Sirius that was unidentified until 1970. It baffles scientists to this day that an ancient race had knowledge of solar systems that cannot be seen without the help of high-powered telescopes.

Read more about the Dogon here.