Example 82: African sculpture

[Note: This example illustrates CCO creator display option 3 for unknown creators (CCO page 92). In this example, the “Creator” field is linked to a Name Authority record for unknown. The “Culture” field provides context.]

Work Record
Class [controlled]: • sculpture • African art
*Work Type [link]: • statue
*Title: Equestrian Figure
*Creator Display: unknown
*Role [link]: sculptor   [link]: unknown
*Creation Date: 13th-15th century [controlled]: Earliest: 1200 • Latest: 1499
*Subject [links]: • human figure • horse • male • warrior • ceremonial object • military
Culture [link]: Niger Delta region
*Current Location [link]: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, District of Columbia, United States)  • ID: 86-12-2
Creation Location [link]: Inland Niger Delta region (Mali)
*Measurements: 70.5 x 14.9 x 19.7 cm (27 3/4 x 5 7/8 x 7 3/4 inches)
[controlled]: • Value: 70.5 Unit: cm Type: height |  • Value: 14.9 Unit: cm Type: width |  • Value: 19.7 Unit: cm Type: depth
*Materials and Techniques: low-fired ceramic, coarse clay with added grog (crushed pot sherds)
Material [links]: • terracotta • grog Technique [links]: • low firing
Description: The elaborate dress of the figure suggests ceremonial military attire, and it may represent one of the warriors who were once allies of the Malian emperor Sundjata Keita (ca. 1210-ca. 1260). Based on stylistic comparisons with similar figures, it can be tentatively dated to some time between the 13th and 15th centuries.
Description Source [link]: National Museum of African Art online. www.nmafa.si.edu  Page: accessed 22 December 2006

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