Brazil, Salvador de Bahia, 18th and 19th centuries. When Portugal dominated Brazil and slavery was common. These were times of abundance in America. Slaves were brought from Africa to work on sugar mills and cocoa and coffee cultivation.
African women brought with them, from their homeland, a few brooches on the sashes of their skirts. These brooches were made of pure silver, brass or bronze, hooks like safety pins full of charms like amulets. It was the way to carry protection, faith and identity with them.
The ‘masters’, as a reward for some action, commissioned the making of a new charm for their slaves, adding value to these pieces.
Brazilian metalsmiths had slave assistants who brought their talent and beliefs to the making of the balangandans.
This is in perfect condition, as seen in the photographs.
- Vecchio Balangandan
- Nome dell'oggetto indigeno
- Bronzo, Ottone
- Fine XIX secolo
- Buone condizioni
- Venduto con supporto
- 30×20×25 cm
- 1 kg