Ivory coast, West Africa

Ex collection Klaus Böttger, Wiesbaden

Bronze, 11 cm diameter

Across West Africa, individuals visit diviners when they are ill or have other concerns. Diviners establish contact with spiritual intermediaries during private consultations in order to discern causes of their clients' problems. The practitioners recommend measures to resolve the problem. They sometimes prescribe yawiige, a Senufo term that means "something that follows you." Yawiige refers to pendants, bracelets, anklets, and rings that diviners advise their clients to acquire from local artists. The ornaments redress conflicts uncovered through divination and offer their owners protection from harm.

Price:  €  350,=