Statues are found in parks, strategic points on highways, gardens, hotels, stadiums, schools, museums, etc. Many of our national heroes and icons who died raising our flag have been immortalized with statues. Statues are a silent way to arouse curiosity in children while continuing to reminding adults to be patriotic. They could be one or more of the following: historical, symbolic, or aesthetic. Statues on jumping horses, for instance, are symbolic.
The statue of a rider mounted on a horse is known as an equestrian statue. ‘Eques’ is a Latin word which translates to knight (horse). Horses were as important as amour tanks in battles, many decades ago. Various kings took over other kingdoms through battles which were fought by horsemen armed with swords, bows and arrows. A lot has changed now.
Equestrian Statues in Nigeria
One very famous equestrian statue is that of Marcus Aurelius found in Ancient Rome, Italy. Marcus was a philosopher and emperor. Another one is that of Queen Amina, the Hausa Queen warrior of Zazzau. It was sculpted by Ben Ekanem in 1975 during the Festival of Art and Culture. It is found in front of the National Arts Theatre in Lagos, Nigeria. The statue, according to a source, was designed in memory of her bravery and exploits.
Many people do not know this very interesting fact about a statue of a rider mounted on a horse. According to our findings, if a statue of a person has both front legs in the air, it means the person died in battle. But if the horse has one front leg in the air, it means the person died from wounds gotten in a battle.
When next you see an equestrian statue, would you be able to say if the rider died in battle or died as a result of battle wounds?