504 - Bankoni buffalo

Djenne, Mali

The Bankoni/Ségou, as well as the Tenenkun often represented animals in their work, sometimes wild animals, such as these anthropo-zoomorphic beings. They are often not easily identifiable. Here, undoubtedly, is the representation of a bovid, as can be deduced from the beautiful pair of horns. It is probably a buffalo, standing solidly on its four legs.
It obviously does not intend to flee, might it even be preparing to charge? Its proportions are large, and it has an undeniable power. Here is a beautiful animal.

H. 40 cm x L. 24 cm
Dating: 14-17th century

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