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Soul Container (Eraminhô)

Arts of Africa

On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
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
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
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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
IMAGE x-ray, detail, CONS.71.176.4_1994_xrs_detail02.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1994
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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%)
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