This Sao style bronze statue features a horse & 3 riders. The rider in the center appears to be someone of importance as the rider on the back is holding an umbrella over his head. The statue measures 23 inches tall and weighs 12 pounds. The figure has imperfections and general wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.
Sao Bronze Horse & Rider Figure 23″ – Cameroon – African Art
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Some imperfections and general wear and tear throughout.
About the Sao People
“In an area covering the north of Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria archaeologists have discovered numerous bronze and terracotta objects belonging to the Sao civilization (12th – 19th centuries). They are known for their terracotta anthromorphic statuettes which are up to 35 cm high and appear with numerous scarifications and rough features. Some were excavated from sanctuaries, while others were found in burial sites. Pierced zoomorphic figures are thought to have been used either as currency or as ritual objects. The Sao also made bronze jewelry – bronze bracelets and pendants were often decorated around the edges with an undulated motif.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.