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Horseman talisman Sao Sokoto Putchu Guinadji
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Ex-collection French African art.
Used as an amulet credited with apotropaic virtues, this small bronze sculpture is, for the Sao, a talisman supposed to protect them from madness. It is therefore worn at all times. The genius who would possess the madman is represented by the rider, the horse appearing the victim. This rider wearing a cheche rides an equine that was a rare attribute of prestige in these regions of the Sahel. The Sao, ancestors of the Kotokos, were established between the 12th and 14th centuries in a geographical area stretching along the borders between Chad, northern Cameroon and Nigeria. They settled on hills, allowing them to repel the invaders. Subjected to successive onslaughts from their neighbours in Kanem and then to hordes from the east, the Sao had to ...

Pair of Riders Sao
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African art > African Rider > Sao Riders

Ex-French collection.
The Sao civilization was found in a geographical area stretching along the borders between Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria. It is actually one of the oldest civilizations in West Africa. Subjected to successive onslaughts from their neighbours in Kanem and then to hordes from the east, the Sao had to abandon their lands to settle in northwestern Cameroon where they mixed with the indigenous people, thus giving birth to an ethnic group called Kotoko.Their descendants, Bakoko, Beti, Peuls and Laobés, although long-islamized, have retained pagan animist rituals normally incompatible with Islam. Indeed, some still worship the spirit of water, certain trees and stones.


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Rider Sao Sokot Putchu Guinadji
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African art > African Rider > Bronze Sao

In African art, Sao Sokoto-inspired works are mostly imprinted with the equestrian world. Within the ethnic group, small copies of riders usually in bronze are melted and worn like talismans, patinated and lustrous by friction. They are seen above all as a remedy to fight 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. Comes with a square plexi support.
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 along the borders between Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria. This bronze, inspired by the finest Sao achievements, has a copper patina. The warriors depicted on their ...

Rider Sao Sokoto Putchu Guinadji
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African art > African bronze > Rider Sao

Used as an amulet credited with apotropaic virtues, this small bronze sculpture is, for the Sao, a talisman supposed to protect them from madness. It is therefore worn at all times. The genius who would possess the madman is represented by the rider, the horse appearing the victim. This minimalist rider straddles an equid that was a rare attribute of prestige in these sahel regions. Accompanied by a metal base. Copper golden patina. The Sao, ancestors of the Kotokos, were established between the 12th and 14th centuries in a geographical area stretching along the borders between Chad, northern Cameroon and Nigeria. They settled on hills, allowing them to repel the invaders. Lost wax cast iron was already commonly practiced as early as the 12th century by this African ethnic group, which ...

Sao sokoto horse rider
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African art > African Rider > Sao horse rider

Ex-collection French African art.
Used as an amulet credited with apotropaic virtues, this small bronze sculpture is, for the Sao, a talisman supposed to protect them from madness. It is therefore permanently worn. The genius who possessed the fool is represented by the rider, the horse depicting the victim. This horseman with a high horse rides an equine which was a rare attribute of prestige in these regions of the Sahel. Accompanied by a base in plexi. Copper gilded patina. The Sao, ancestors of the Kotoko, were established between the 12th and 14th centuries in a geographical area stretching over the borders between Chad, northern Cameroon and Nigeria. They settled on hills, which allowed them to repel the invaders. Since the twelfth century, this African ethnic group, which ...


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