The ancient Kotoko warriors/horsemen left around some interesting figurines often depicting anywhere from one to four warriors riding stylized "horses".
Some of the "horses" look like horses, but many others of them look positively "reptilian". Add to that the notion that if its hard to get more than two warriors on the back of a single horse, these depictions may sometimes be of something larger than a horse.
A second point along those lines is the way the head and necks of the long-necked creatures are tied--not the way one would tie the head and neck of a horse. (see other "sauropodian" head and neck creatures at the Hamill site). Let the reader judge all for himself/herself, as always.
It is not the position of the Hamill Gallery or other exhibitors that these minatures represent "extinct reptiles", that's just us.
Warriors have apparently built some type of "contraption" on top of this long-necked creature upon which one of the men has ascended.
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.
Taking up traditions of other immigrant peoples into their areas the Sao buried their dead in large urns, a practice seen across a wide region stretching from the Niger river through Chad, Niger, Nigeria and to the northern regions of Cameroon.
Small mounted figures cast in bronze were made as funerary offerings or memorials.
Mounted warriors rode horses, sometimes camels and other unknown and imaginative animals. Often there were two riders mounted on a single animal. As in this example the horses often had elaborate trappings of harness and saddle and the riders were portrayed with spear and shield and wearing detailed headdresses, costumes and jewelry ..
...Dr. Daniel Mato
These cast equestrian figures, excavated in Chad, were cast by the Kotoko, descendants of the Sao (who disappeared in the 16th C.) They are small, ranging up to 3" in height. Little is known of the Kotoko civilization , but the Sao were one of the oldest iron-working cultures in West Africa. . Click Here to See More Horsemen Here @ Hamill Gallery
These cast bronze figurines are found in the ground by farmers tilling the soil or during excavations. They are attributed to the Kotoko ethnic group who are descendants of the Sao, one of the oldest iron working cultures in West Africa. ..Ethnoarts
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Kotoko figures compared to hardrosaurians.
Object Photo by Dr. Mato, inset from s8int.com
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