Thanks, Vero, for the photo and translation! The horse
pictured does indeed possess many similarities in motif to
mine, and is a good data point.
Regards from the other side of our dear beleaguered planet!
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2005 12:51:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Veronique Martelliere <proximatribal@...
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Subject: Re: [African_Arts] Djenne Copper-Alloy Castings
In the main :
Mythic animal - fusion of an equidae and a snake, the head
of the snake surmounting the equidae's head. The latter's
body is incised.
Around the neck, a collar with a pendant which refers to
Very fine excavation-patina.
Djenne 15-16th century.
MOYOSORE OKEDIJI <okdg@...
Translations please! Thanks.
Veronique Martelliere <proximatribal@...
Please visit this site :
There is a horse similar to yours.In case you do not read
french, do not hesitate asking me to translate the substance
of the comments into english.
I recently bought three Djenne "lost wax"
copper-alloy castings excavated from the Bandiagara
Escarpment in Mali: 2 horses and an antelope (see
compressed .jpg's, attached). I'm assuming they entered the
US before the trade agreement restricting import of such
items went in to effect in 1997 ( ref:
I'm curious to know if any of you have encountered objects
similar to these, or have any other information to offer
regarding Djenne copper-alloy castings.
Horse #1: Weight = 9 lbs (4.1 kg); height = 14.5" (37 cm);
length = 12" (30 cm)
Horse #2: Weight = 8 lbs (3.6 kg); height = 14" (36 cm);
length = 10.75" (27 cm)
Antelope: Weight = 2 lbs (.9 kg); height = 6â€・ (15 cm);
length = 8.25" (21 cm! )
These were cast 500 â€“ 1000 years ago.
I'm aware of the ethical issues surrounding the purchase of
artifacts like these, given that they very likely were
stolen from an archaeological dig. I wonder, though, whether
I should have let the opportunity to buy these pass, knowing
that they would just end up in the hands of other collectors
regardless(?). I completely support the trade restrictions,
but once an object reaches my shore, by whatever hook or
crook ... whatâ€™s a poor boy to do???
Snohomish, WA, USA