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Horseman Sao Sokoto in bronze (N° 18792)
This bronze has a copper patina. The warrior represented on his mount has his head wrapped in a chestnut identical to those of the Tuaregs. Base in addition.
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In African art, Sao Sokoto-inspired works are mostly imbued with the equestrian world.
Within the ethnic group, small examples of riders, generally in bronze, are melted and worn like talismans, patinated and polished by friction. They are considered above all as a remedy to fight against possession by evil spirits.
The horse represents the spirit of the person who is possessed, while the genie who possesses it is symbolized by the rider.
Subjected to successive assaults from their neighbors in Kanem and then to hordes coming from the East, the Sao had to abandon their land to settle in the North-West of Cameroon where they mixed with the natives, giving birth to an ethnic group called Kotoko.
More than an ethnic group, the Sao are a civilization that has now disappeared. They were found between the 12th and 14th centuries in a geographical area extending over the borders between Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria.
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