Senufo people inhabit the northern Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso. All Senufo art is made exclusively by artists. The horse symbolizes power, as riders of the horse would be soldiers or tribal leaders defending the tribe against conquerors. It is a common symbol in this tribe's art, symbolizing the desire for power and authority. The convex and concave shapes seen in this statue are also very typical of Senufo carvings. This is an extremely heavy wood, demonstrating the expert skill and strength of the craftsman who carved it.