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Sao Sokoto Putchu Guinadji rider (N° 20119)
In African art, Sao Sokoto inspired works are mostly marked by the equestrian world.
Within the ethnic group, small examples of horsemen, generally made of bronze, are cast and worn as talismans, with a patina and a lustrous finish. They are considered above all as a remedy against possession by evil spirits.
The horse represents the spirit of the person who is possessed, while the genie that possesses him is symbolized by the rider.
Subjected to successive assaults by their neighbors from Kanem and then by hordes from the East, the Sao had to abandon their lands to settle in the northwest of Cameroon where they mixed with the natives, thus 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 stretching across the borders of Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria. This bronze, inspired by the most beautiful Sao creations, has a coppery patina. The warriors represented on their mounts have their heads wrapped in a chêche identical to the Tuaregs.
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