Seller: tribalvirtu (842) 100%, Location: Mount Arlington, New Jersey, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 192165966506 Condition: Excellent Antique Condition, Details: View more great items EXTREMELY RARE SUPERB African Tribal Sao Kotoko Antique Cast Bronze Medicine Pot From the old private collection of the internationally celebrated artist and ardent Africanist. Outstanding Mega Rare Antique Artifact circa 1800, Tikar, Cameroon, 17 1/4" high, use and age patina. The Sao people – means “the men from another time” are an intriguing and one of the oldest civilizations of Central Africa. An ancient civilization was developed by the Sao people in the region of Southeast of Lake Chad, located in the far west of Chad and the northeast of Nigeria. The Sao civilization is identified by its use of stone and bone implements and construction of walled cities. This civilization flourished in Middle Africa from ca. the sixth century BC to as late as the sixteenth century AD. The Sao lived by the Chari River south of 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. According to a Toubou tradition, the Sao originally come from a region about 500 kilometers north of Lake Chad. In the 7th century, they lived in the Bilma, Tadjeré and Fatchi oases. Little is known about the Sao’s culture or political organization because they left no written records and are known from oral traditions of the Sao, and through archaeological discoveries. Sao artifacts show that they were skilled workers in bronze, copper, and iron.Finds include bronze sculptures and terra cotta statues of human and animal figures, coins, , household utensils, jewelry, highly decorated pottery, and spears. The Sao people developed a remarkable pottery especially large terra cotta earthenware jars, entirely or partially decorated with a herringbone pattern over which sexual motifs were added.The Kotoko were inheritors of an ancient people known as the Sao who lived in the southern Lake Chad region as early as the fifth century B.C. Under external pressures the Sao through time moved into northwest present day Cameroon settling in the hilly region where the present day Kotoko claim them as ancestors.The Kotoko Equestrians bronze statue featuring exceptional stylistic versatility and strong symbolic meaning in the culture of the African Kotoko people. Similar to amulets worn around the world believed to bring good luck or blessings of the gods, "Kotoko Equestrians" represent a source of spiritual strength for their owners.Kotoko people inhabit three neighbouring countries encircling Lake Chad – Nigeria, Cameroun and Chad. According to their beliefs horseman-shaped figurines and statues 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 gri-gri amulets, bells or various other attached items which protect the individual from any negative spirit influences or as gifts which secure their benevolence.These unique figures, cast in metal in most cases in the lost wax technique (cire perdue), are a testimony to the exceptional art of sculptural expression of the Kokoto people, and their sophisticated techniques of processing material. Many figures are characterised by numerous elaborate details: the riders almost always sports a sword and shield, while horses have saddles and panniers outlined. International Buyers – Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding or buying.