Statue(s) (1) - Leather, Metal, Contains probably parts of plants - West Africa

Description
Statue(s) (1) - Leather, Metal, Contains probably parts of plants - West Africa
Fair

This very rare Putchu Guinadji rider comes from the Kotoko people in Tchad/Cameroon. It is 24.5 cm high and 25 cm long (snout to buttock). The distance between the legs is 5 centimeters in front and 4.5 centimeters in the back, the width of the body is about 7 cm. For the Kotoko Muslim people, who are native to Cameroon and Chad, the so-called Putchu Guinadjis are a traditional remedy for mental illness that has long been on the verge of extinction. These are small figures that represent a horse with a rider and are cast or forged from bronze, silver, copper or brass. The name, which originally comes from the language area of the Peul peoples, means "Putchu" = horse and "Guinadji" = demon. The making and use of these figures is prohibited by Islamic fundamentalists and outlawed by Christian missions. Very few healers still offer them and have the necessary skills. While the small riders are made for and given to the suffering clients, the bigger riders serve the Marabout for divination and protection of the ritual as well. This is a beautiful and rare collector's item!

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Statue(s)
Region/ country
West Africa
Material
Contains probably parts of plants, Leather, Metal
Condition
Fair
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
24×7×25 cm
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