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TALISMAN featuring a RIDER called Putchu guinadji
Sao culture, Central Africa
First half of the 20th century
Gilt bronze and skin
H.: 8 ; L.: 6,5 cm
This gilded bronze horseman, also called Kotoko Horseman, is entirely covered with skin. It refers to a magical force in the Sao culture: indeed, the horse represents evil and the man, the evil spirit.
The Putchu guinadji, literally translated as "horses of madness", was considered as an amulet capable of warding off possession, madness or dementia from its owner. Its small size allowed it to be carried everywhere, sometimes for several years. The leather link at the neckline also allowed it to be hung around the neck.
It is said that the Sao are the ancestors of the Kotoko.
Text and photos © FCP CORIDON
Ref. LP : 1978
|Style||Tribal Art (African Usuels and Rituals items of Tribal Art Style)|
|Century||20th century (African Usuels and Rituals items 20th century)|
|Shipping Time||Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days|
|Location||93400, Saint-Ouen, France|
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