Claws, teeth and leather amulets cover this heavy coat, worn during a hunting ceremony. The amulets are believed to protect Mali hunters as they chase dangerous prey. Each leather packet holds folded paper said to contain verses from the Qur’an. The knotted strings were spit on, and as such, carry “words” as additional protection.
West Africa, Mali
Africa: West Africa, Côte d'Ivoire
Africa: West Africa, Burkina Faso, Volta-Noire, Sourou, Kiembara