Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kotoko Equestrians: Guardians of the Soul

An exhibition of talismans from the prestigious collection of Pierluigi Peroni entitled Kotoko Equestrians, Guardians of the Soul in currently on view at the Museum of African Art in Belgrade. The show displays miniature bronze figurines, talismans bearing the horse and rider motif, featuring exceptional stylistic versatility and strong symbolic meaning in the culture of the Kotoko people of western Africa. Similar to amulets worn in cultures across the globe that are believed to bring good luck or blessings of the gods, Kotoko equestrian figurines are personal items most often worn as pendants on necklaces or bracelets, representing a source of spiritual strength for their owners.

View the exhibition's official website.

Images courtesy of the Museum of African Art, Belgrade

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