Headdress (1) - Brass, Bronze, Gilded Bronze - Konso - Ethiopia

Description
Headdress (1) - Brass, Bronze, Gilded Bronze - Konso - Ethiopia
2nd half 18th century - Good

Very rare phallic headwear in bronze (called kalacha) by the Konso people of southern Ethiopia. This item is traditionally worn and tied around the forehead or hung in the house by men as a sign of fertility.

See Angela Fisher’s ‘Africa Adorned’, page 63.

‘Phallic Symbols’ are believed to preserve the manly power that is consumed during sexual intercourse. They are often placed on the roof of the men’s homes of the tribe.

An item that was passed down from father to son during the initiation ceremony.

High-quality craftsmanship. The top part decorated in pure style and the initial part with a sumptuous intertwining decoration.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Headdress
Ethnic group/ culture
Konso
Region/ country
Ethiopia
Material
Brass, Bronze, Gilded Bronze
Period
2nd half 18th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
20×30×115 mm
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