Gan Bronze Necklace – Snake – Burkina Fasoamazigh
20th century. Bronze, agate, carnelian and glazed terracotta beads. The necklace is cm. 42,0 in length (16.54″). The snake is Cm. 7,4 high x 12,9 width (2.91″ x 5.08″); Gr. 197,0 (6.95 oz.).
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.