presents a great variety of finely worked ornaments and cult objects in “bronze”,
production of the Gan people of Burkina Faso.
neighbours of the Lobi, number about six thousand subjects, located in the
south-west region of Burkina Faso. Their ancestors are said to have come from
Ghana in the 15th century for political and religious reasons.
amulets and other ritual objects, most of them animal representations, were
dedicated to tutelary forces protecting the kingdom. They form a true royal
bestiary that served as support of legends and histories, shaped and updated
for each ancestor of a lineage thus honoured, dignitary of a then prosperous
kingdom thanks to gold mining and trade.
Ritual object associated with the cult of a spiritual entity. Gan, Burkina Faso. Copper alloy. H. 11 cm. Inv. 1005-103. Musée Barbier-Mueller, photo Studio Ferrazzini Bouchet.
Danja to'ro object. Gan, Burkina Faso. Copper alloy. H. 8.6 cm; L. 18.3 cm; l. 12 cm. Weight: 3.5 kg. Inv. 1005-185. Musée Barbier-Mueller, photo Studio Ferrazzini Bouchet.
Such undecorated metal artifacts were part of the royal treasure. These very heavy and solid objects, of the same size and weight, attest to a way of capitalizing copper (danja). Copper was considered a precious metal, like gold, since it was an insuperable element in the manufacture of the symbols of entities of customs.
Ritual object associated with the cult to a spiritual entity. Gan, Burkina Faso. Copper alloy. D. 23 cm. Inv. 1005-71. Musée Barbier-Mueller, photo Studio Ferrazzini Bouchet.