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Sao rider (N° 22305)
In African art , works of Sao Sokoto inspiration are mostly imprinted with the equestrian world.
Within the ethnic group, small examples of riders, usually in bronze, are cast 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 genius who possesses it is symbolized by the rider.
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 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. This bronze, inspired by the most beautiful Sao creations, has a coppery patina. The warriors depicted on their mount have their heads wrapped in a chêche identical to the Tuaregs.
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