Old Dogon pendant made by cast bronze process in Mali, Dogon area.
The pendant probably represents a Djinn, spirit protector.
The cult of ancestors and the presence of Djinn is the fundament of African religion. The dead and the spiritualism are an integral part of life, they are always present and influence the destiny of the livings on whom they have guardianship.
African Djinn are born of nature when the need for protection or guidance arises. They are fierce and difficult for anyone less than a master to manage. They are intensely powerful and can often manifest pressure on a human body. They are emotionally, spiritually and physically aggressive which makes for prime protectors but the power to control them is as great as the protection.
Pendant Size: 5,4 x 4,4 cm / 2,12 x 1,73 inches