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Brazilian Altar piece for the Snake God

Catalog Number: C021


36.5 centimeters tall



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

Besseim is the Snake God in the Jeje nation, or denomination, of the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religion.  A similar god named Oxumarê is worshiped in the Quêto/Nagô nation.  He is a very important figure and the sculpture is made as a symbolic tribute to him.  The spear and the two snakes are his symbols.