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Accessories for the Candomblé Goddess Nanã

Catalog Number: C023


Crown: 14 cm tall / 23 cm in diameter 
Armlets: 12 cm tall / 11 cm in diameter 
Bracelets: 14 cm tall / 8 cm in diameter


Religion and Denomination: Candomblé (Brazil)
Country of Origin: Brazil
Ethnographic Origin: Bahian (Brazil)
Materials: Cloth
Usage: N/A
Detailed Description of Significance:

The color blue is associated closely with Nanã, the goddess of death.  The rough texture of trim reminiscent of raffia fiber evokes the iconography of the Jeje Nation.  The cowry shells hold symbolic importance in Yoruba and Fon related religions, as they were once currency in those regions of West Africa.  The crown also features a chorão, which is a veil of beads that covers the face. The also chorão and literally translates to “cry baby.”  It also resembles the beaded veils on Yoruba royal crowns.