This Bobo Chameleon made of brass was prescribed by a diviner as a protective amulet associated with child birth.  The Bobo and Bwa thought of these symbolic representations as “things of the soul,” to counter the spirit force.  The chameleon’s tail curls into a spiral which is an important symbolic motif for life and the passage of time.

Origin: Burkino Faso
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From a private American collection
Materials:  Brass 
Dimensions: 3 1/2 in. long x  5/8  in. wide x 1 inch high
Condition: Appears in fine condition
Inventory #A3463
Price: $175

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