TORFAN pendant with TEN HEADS - Gan culture, Burkina Faso - 19th century or earlier

19th century
Tribal Art
From: 93400, Saint-Ouen, France

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    TORFAN pendant with TEN HEADS
    Culture Gan, Burkina Faso
    19th century or earlier
    Copper alloy
    H.: 45; L.: 16.5 cm

    This ten-headed snake is made of copper alloy with a sinuous body marked with a median ridge and diamond-shaped incisions referring to the reptile's scales. The heads, with eyes and mouths dotted with raised cups, are presented radiant. A suspension ring is placed on the reverse, left smooth.

    The Torfan is a spiritual entity. It manifests itself as a serpent which can have, depending on its representations, one to ten heads. This divination could only be preserved by the witch doctor.
    Let us add that among the Gans, the role of the blacksmith fulfills this duality of sorcerer and soothsayer. He is the one who controls fire.

    Text and photos © FCP CORIDON

    Ref.LP: 4095


    Condition Very good
    Ethnic group Gan - Kaa
    Style Tribal Art (African body adornment of Tribal Art Style)
    Period 19th century (African body adornment 19th century)
    Country of origin Burkina Faso
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days
    Location 93400, Saint-Ouen, France
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