Asian Tribal Art - Horse and Rider, Kondh People, Orissa, India

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Horse and rider

Kondh people, Orissa, India
Cast copper alloy
6" (15.2 cm) high
Late 19th to early 20th century
Barbara C. Johnson collection

A bridal dowry sculpture in the form of a helmeted soldier riding a horse, he having the reins in one hand and a small weapon or symbol of authority in the other. Metal toys such as this were presented by the family of the bride, and horses, as well as elephants, were considered status symbols, as they were not seen in the Kondh area until introduced by the British in 1835. Ref: Bronze Sculptures of the Kondh by Barbara C. Johnson, Tribal Art magazine, Summer 2005.


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