The Qasa and the Buffalo

The Qasa and the Buffalo

Next in our series of African queens with pet wildlife, we have here a Qasa (Empress) of Mali, the great empire that once dominated much of West Africa, standing with an African buffalo.

Legend has it that the mother of Sundiata Keita, the conquering hero who founded Mali, was called the “buffalo woman” by virtue of her being hunchbacked and being widely perceived as ugly. Of course, the Qasa depicted here would be a totally different character.


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