Fine Gan Necklace – TORFAN – Burkina Fasoamazigh
20th century. Bronze, leather. The necklace is cm. 35,0 in length (13.78″); the Torfan amulet is Cm. 12,0 high x 10,6 width (4.72″ x 4.17″); Gr. 201,3 (7.01 oz.).
“The Torfan are spiritual entities that may have one or more heads (up to ten) and express themselves in different forms. These amulets have great power; the strength is increased by the number of heads they have. Any owner of a Torfan is necessarily a healer. The Torfan is used to discover the devious side of evil people. … .Thanks to its Torfan, the healer intervene and bring healing. This is not an invention, but a long tradition, that I received from my ancestors.” Diviner Khama Sinsi – from page of 32 of “Bronzes gan – la spirale du serpent”, by Bertrand Goy and Maine Durieu Lost-wax casting.
The mold is destroyed every time; every object is a unique piece. For more information and similar examples, “Bronzes gan – la spirale du serpent”, by Bertrand Goy and Maine Durieu, Editions Sépia – 2005, provides a close analysis of the Gan Bronzes, examining them both thematically and aesthetically.