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Talismanic Tunic

Mande peoples

Not on view

In the untamed wilderness and on the battlefield, Mande hunters and warriors are exposed to prodigious quantities of nyama, the force that gives life to all living things and provides the momentum for all action. They assemble customized garments laden with horns, claws, strips of rawhide, and leather-covered amulets—each talisman is a dalilu, or precious formula for marshaling energy that its wearer acquires as a form of knowledge. Such a garment is continuously augmented and “grows,” protecting and enhancing the wearer’s prowess.

Talismanic Tunic, Cotton, leather, Mande peoples

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