Sao Bronze - African art

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Miniature in bronze alloy depicting a rider on his mount, the latter representing an exceptional attribute of prestige in the arid regions of the Sahel. This talisman constitutes, for the Sao, a protection against madness. The rider symbolizes the genius who possesses the madman, the horse representing the victim.
Between the 12th and 14th centuries, the Sao, ancestors of the Kotoko, were established on hills in the border regions of Chad, northern Cameroon and Nigeria, in order to repel invaders. Subjected to successive attacks from their neighbors in Kanem and then to hordes from the East, the Sao had to abandon their lands to settle in the North-West of Cameroon where they mixed with the natives, thus giving birth to the Kotokos. The Kotoko still attribute today to the copper metal a mythical origin giving it a protective value. Source: "Horse and rider in the art of black Africa" G. Massa, ed. Sepia


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OriginCollection française
Height cm7
Width5 cm
Weight0.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid- xx°

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