Mossi hairpin (Detail)
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Item : Mossi hairpin, Picture : Detail (approx. 15 Kbytes)


This Mossi hairpin, with finely carved birds finial, was used to chase away the ghostly spirits and disease. This bronze depicts hornbills, birds associated with growth and fertility in many communities.
18th / 19th century.

Object #2947

Origin :

Burkina Faso (Kaya area)

Type :

Jewellery and materials

Ethnic group :

Mossi

Material :

Made using the process of lost wax, the bronze (copper alloy) has acquired a really nice patina over the years

Size :

H = 2.8 inches

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