Africa - Chad, Old Bronze Equestrian Figure
Africa - Chad, Old Bronze Equestrian Figure
Africa - Chad, Old Bronze Equestrian Figure
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Africa - Chad, Old Bronze Equestrian Figure

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Item details

Vintage from before 2000

A classic and old solid Kotoko bronze equestrian figure with two riders, cast in the ancient Sao style. Measures about 3 1/2 inches high and about 3 inches long.

The Sao civilization flourished in Middle Africa from about the sixth century BC to as late as the sixteenth century AD. The Sao lived by the Chari River Around Lake Chad in territory that later became part of Cameroon and Chad. They are the earliest people to have left clear traces of their presence in the territory of modern Cameroon. Sometime around the 16th century, conversion to Islam changed the cultural identity of the former Sao. Today, several ethnic groups of northern Cameroon and southern Chad, but particularly the Kotoko, claim descent from the civilization of the Sao.

According to the beliefs of the Sao and current Kotoko, horseman-shaped talismans have the power of appeasing the spirits which cause weakness of soul, sadness, fear, alienation or various ailments. Along with miniature statuettes of horsemen, necklaces and bracelets often bear kauri shells, leather gris gris (grigri) amulets, bells or various other attached items which protect the individual from any negative spirit influences or as gifts which secure their benevolence.