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Yoruba Bronze Ceremonial Bracelet - PF.5272
Origin: Southwestern Nigeria
Circa: 14 th Century AD to 16 th Century AD
Dimensions: 9" (22.9cm) high
Collection: African
Medium: Bronze

Location: United States
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This bracelet has two faces at both ends that act as mirror images of each other. Most likely they are representations of the god Esu who often appears in Yoruba art in object related to herbalists/healers. As the intermediary between humans and the gods, Esu communicates with those who are best able to understand esoteric messages. Otherworldly spirits, both deities and ancestors, are believed to play an important part in the physical world. Dance rituals, for which this bracelet was probably made, served as a “passage” between different levels of reality; whether for the purpose of honoring famous ancestors or encouraging rainfall, etc. Small hooks around the outer edge suggest tassels or other ornaments to add an extra dimension of color or sound. The beauty of this bracelet comes not only from its elegant oval shape and fine bronze work, but also from the recollection of ancient rituals that are still a fundamental part of the Yoruba people. - (PF.5272)


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