African art > Bronze, leopard, messenger, warrior, statue, pirogues > Gan bronze
The gan bronzes, metal objects melted by the blacksmith using the lost wax technique, form individual protective fetishes. They embody a sacred mythical animal whose role was crucial for man, and are available in the motifs of the turtle, chameleon, crocodile or panther. Some, composing the royal regalia, were placed in shrines.
This flat, circular pendant, a prestigious piece of jewelry intended for a dignitary on important occasions, depicts a chameleon coiled around itself, around a striated spiral element. The body is decorated with friezes in broken lines. Light brown golden patina.
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 ...