Sundiata Keita of Mali


My depiction of Sundiata Keita, the warrior prince and conqueror who founded the great Empire of Mali in West Africa. He’s even the protagonist of his own epic, a copy of which I own in my personal library. After seeing a famous old painting of Napoleon on horseback, I felt that the pose would suit Sundiata very well since he was very much like the Napoleon of his time and place (insofar as he conquered a lot of land and founded a big empire, at least).

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