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Bronze Dogon Tribal Talisman

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From the Dogon Tribal peoples of West Africa, this marvelous bronze talisman pendant is in the shape of an animal's horn. It's a rare and unusual piece.

As an animist culture, this Dogon talisman was meant to protect the wearer from evil, from harm during hunting, and from illness. It was formed using the lost wax technique, which means that there was only one pendant made. The talismans indicate which animal is represented by each pendant - this being a Rhino's horn or Elephant's tusk.
The bronze is skillfully textured to represent the animal's leathery hide..

There is a 3 minute YouTube video which gives more information about these unusual ornaments.

This talisman measures approx. 4 1/2" wide by 3 3/4" at the longest. The necklace is a combination of colorful Picasso Jasper rondelles and brass slices from a Tibetan Mala. The necklace measures approx. 20" long (hard to measure due to the shape of the pendant.

The Dogon Country is a geographically isolated area inhabited by about 350,000 Dogon people.This arid area is located near the eastern edge of Mali near the Burkina Faso border. Until the end of the colonial era, the Dogon were one of the few African peoples who had most successfully retained their culture and traditional ways of life. Even now, despite the presence of Islam and Christianity, Dogon peoples have largely held onto their animist beliefs. They also believe they were set down in this area by Sky Gods. Because of their art and ancient dances, a few anthropologists who suggest that the Sky Gods were actually aliens from outer space. What do you think?

Bronze Dogon Tribal Talisman

Overview

  • Vintage item
  • Materials: bronze, picasso jasper, brass
  • Only ships to United States from Illinois, United States.
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