Afro-Brazilian Penca De Balangandan Silver Slave Charms Amulet + Figa Fist 220g

Category Antiques Ethnographic Latin American

Current price $38.00

Listing type Chinese

Location Lake Toxaway, North Carolina 287** US

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Seller qerocantadora (2573)

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Style Latin American

Material 800 - 900 Silver over Metal

Original/Reproduction Antique Original

Color Silver

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Afro-Brazilian Penca De Balangandan Silver Slave Charms Amulet
8 Charms (Pomegranate, Citrus, Urn Pot) + 1 Hand-Carved Wood Figa Fist
Unmarked Silver - test 800 to 900 over Metal, NOT Sterling - 220 grams Total Weight
Pre-Owned Amulet is in Mint Condition. No dings, dents or damage. Shows very minimal signs of previous use and age related wear.
The balangandans were traditionally made of silver and were attached to a heavy chain belt worn around the waist which symbolically suggests fertility.
The "pencas" were used mainly in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, and continued to be used late into the nineteenth century after slavery was abolished. The large and heavy bunches of talismans were worn by Afro - Creole black and mixed race women, first as conspicuous proof of the financial status of their owners, and, after emancipation, worn exclusively for important religious celebrations, becoming almost a nest-egg for the wearer. They were considered a powerful protection against bad luck and evil spirits.
The charms themselves fell roughly into 4 categories:
1 devotional - having to do with Catholic symbols and faith
2. votive - individual ex-votos, as thanks for a healing of an injury or illness
3. propitiatory - asking for luck, happiness, money, such charms as the clenched hand, sometimes with a cross on the forefinger
4. evocative - to recall a happy event or to symbolize plenty
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