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"Yawige" Finger ring in the shape of a chameleon
Ethnic group
Senufo
Origin
Ivory Coast
Material
Brass
Size
4 cm incl. chameleon
Description
Zoomorphic ring made of brass, double band, in the middle is a flatly worked chameleon with its tail rolled up and half-spherical eyes. Senufo wear brass ornaments as protective charms or amulets. In this case it was probably worn on the advice of a diviner and was used to protect against bush spirits. They are also worn by the diviners themselves. The chameleon has a special meaning in that it can change it's colour at will and therefore has the role of a mediator.

Lit.: Till Föster - "Glänzend wie Gold" - 1987 - Page 208
"Forms of Wonderment - The History and Collections of the Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal" - 2002 - Page 114
"A History of Art in Africa" - Monica Blackmun Visona, Robin Poynor, Herbert M. Cole, Michael D. Harris - 2001 - page 148
"Aus Afrika-Ahnen-Geister-Götter" - Jürgen Zwernemann et al. - 1985- page 68.

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Price:   50,00 EUR
Catalogue No.:  24-39
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