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Africans south of Sahara have never used the horse for agricultural labor, but reserved the animal for the transport of important persons. The horse introduced in Africa during the second millennium BC was a creature of great prestige, a mark of particular luxury. The equestrian theme is very popular The interpretation of the equestrian figures has been a subject of speculation. It is likely that the intention was to commemorate a hero or deceased leader – king, warrior, founding ancestor.
This figure has monumental quality. The details are very spare, yet extremely precise. Notice the rein in the left hand of the rider - it glides right onto the horse's face.
The rider and his horse exude serenity and power at the same time.