Head of a Hobbyhorse (korèdugaso)

late 1800s-early 1900s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Pertaining to the male initiation society called Korè, this sculpture from the Koulikoro region represents the head of an aardvark and is part of a wooden hobbyhorse that is mounted by a ritual buffoon. The Korè initiates are divided into different classes, each having a designated mask. The ritual buffoons appear in pantomimes on different public occasions and poke fun at village authorities and other high-ranking individuals.

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  • Title: Head of a Hobbyhorse (korèdugaso)
  • Date Created: late 1800s-early 1900s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 14 x 13.8 x 40.8 cm (5 1/2 x 5 7/16 x 16 1/16 in.)
  • Provenance: (Louis Carré, Paris, France, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1935.307
  • Medium: Wood and iron
  • Department: African Art
  • Culture: Africa, West Africa, Mali, Bamana blacksmith
  • Credit Line: James Albert Ford Memorial Fund
  • Collection: African Art
  • Accession Number: 1935.307

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