This miniature horse and rider casting is known as a Putchu Guinadji - in which 'Putchu' is the Kotoko word for 'horse', and 'Guinadji', the Kotoko word for 'demon'. In Kotoko culture, these miniature, equestrian figure-shaped metal amulets known as Putchu Guinadji were used to offer protection against witchcraft, emotional and psychological illnesses. The rider sites upright holding the horse in his reins. These miniature equestrian figures, sometimes bound in leather, would be typically worn on a string of leather band under an individual's arm and under clothing.
Estimated Period: Mid 20th Century
Ex Private Collection UK
Cultural Heritage Through Image, 'Cameroon/Chad, Africa - Putchu Guinadji'
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