Ethnographic Jewelry (Page 2)

Lobi bronze chameleon ring, Burkina Faso

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Lobi bronze chameleon ring, Burkina Faso

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Provenance: Peter von Busch (1935-2016), Art Historian, Ethnologist, Museum chief for the Naval Museum in Karlskrona, expert in the Swedish Antique roadshow "Antikrundan". Started to collect Tribal art in the 1950´s.

The ornaments redress conflicts uncovered through divination and offer their owners protection from harm. Given each client's uniqueness and the personal nature of divination, an ornament's form does not reveal the reasons for which it was prescribed or worn. Chameleons appear frequently in Senufo arts and are considered a primordial animal. Chameleon images often grace yawiige rings, as seen on this example.

H. 4,5 cm

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