Soul Container (Eraminhô)
Eraminhô are repositories for the souls of the dead. According to Bijagó beliefs, a person’s soul lives on after the body, but only as long as it is remembered by the person’s family. Thus it is necessary to create a repository for the soul and to provide it with sacrifices.
- Culture: Bijagó
- Medium: Wood, earth, crushed plant materials, copper alloy chain, sacrificial materials
- Place Made: Bijagós Islands, Ihla de Orango Grande, Guinea-Bissau
- Dates: late 19th or early 20th century
- Dimensions: 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 71.176.4
- Credit Line: Gift of Ruth R. Gross
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Bijagó. Soul Container (Eraminhô), late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, earth, crushed plant materials, copper alloy chain, sacrificial materials, 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Ruth R. Gross, 71.176.4. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Soul Container "Eraminho" or "Orebok Ocoto"of wood, cloth and metal. Human, wooden based head, with tubular body. Figure covered with cloth, which is covered with patination. Two strands of patinated metal chains around neck. CONDITION: Chain around neck corroded as well as the greenstone eyes. Left side of head partially bared to the wood.
- Record Completeness: Best (89%)