Kasena ivory bracelet “gungulu”, West Africa
Old Kasena and Gurunsi people ivory bracelet, cut longitudinally from the tusk of an elephant, hence its curve from and considerable size. Such armlets are a sign of prosperity and are sometimes worn as a means of identification with one’s dead father or as protection from troublesome bush spirits.
It is used combined with a marble “Hombori” bracelet on the other arm.
Worn in Northern Ghana and Burkina Faso.
From the end of the 19th beginning of the 20th Century.
length: 19 cm
Width: 10 cm
Weight: 225 gr
Bibliography: “Africa Adorned” Angela Fisher