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Gan Torfan bronze (N° 20096)

The Torfan , metal objects melted by the blacksmith gan through the lost wax technique, form an accessory intended for divination and protection of the group. They are the property of healers, diviners and priests. The torfan embodies a mythical animal whose bite was neutralized and cured, following the making of a metal talisman. Many gan objects thus take up this iconography of the serpent, endowed with several heads according to its power.

Neighboring people of the Lobi in southwestern Burkina Faso, the Gan or Kaa (Kaaba pl.), form a "relic people" according to Madeleine Père, living within a wooded savanna. Their king "Gan Massa" is elected by the notables from different villages. Hypotheses diverge as to their origins. According to some, they could be of Akan origin, coming from Ghana, the Koulango and the Lhoron having preceded them in the region. Ref : "Bronzes Gan" Maine Durieu, ed. Sepia  

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EthnyGan ou Kaa
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)alliage de bronze
Height20
Width13
Weight0.56 Kg
Socle includedYes

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