Brass and Coffee Seed Necklaces from Niger and the Côted'Ivoire
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Unusual combinations of Brass Baoule pendants with indigenous seeds and hand-cut Metal Discs, covered with a black vulcanised material. Local African sources told me the seeds  are known as "Kekeore" or "Coffee seeds" and are seeds of the coffee plant, not to be confused with the coffee beans that coffee is made from, which are red or green in their natural state and only turn coffee-coloured when roasted.
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The necklaces, all with fasteners, come from an area in West Africa where coffee is indeed grown in profusion and supplied to international coffee importers.
NB: Nescafé from this area, found in local shops all over West Africa is absolutely delicious !!

Necklace length  17 ins / 43 cm Central Pendant  50 x 31 mm
ATB 643 b  £20   Sold

Enlarged

Necklace length  20 ins / 51 cm
Brass Pendants 28 x 17 mm
ATB 643 d  £18   Sold

12 ins / 30 cm
Single strands of coffee plant seeds
Average size 2 x 5 mm
-Ideal for use as spacers in your own
unique jewellery creations
-ATB 643 @ £3 each

These Brass Pendants were made with the lost wax method by the Baoule tribe, prolific producers of brass ornaments and charms. Mainly to be found in the Côte d'Ivoire
( Ivory Coast ) the Baoules are original descendants of the Ashanti tribes of Ghana.

They form part of the Akan group of the Ivory Coast, who created a series of kingdoms
and city-states that progressively occupied the entire forest region all the way to the
Gulf of Guinea.

 During the eighteenth century, the queen, Abla Poku, led her people West to the shores of the Cornoe, the land of the Senufo. In order to cross the river, she sacrificed her own son.
This sacrifice was the origin of the name Baoule, for baouli means "the child has died."
( I. N. Loucou, 1984 )

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