Vintage Rare HUGE PENCA de BALANGANDAN Brazilian Slave Jewelry Charm. These charms or good luck pieces were first worn by African slaves in Brazil in the 17th and 18th centuries. They are called "Penca de Balangandan" and were common in the state of Bahia, Brazil. The charms or amulets were sometimes given to slaves by the plantation owner as a reward for good behavior or loyal service or to mark special occasions. The shapes have different meanings.
Penca were usually made of silver, brass, or copper and could be worn as a necklace or bracelet or pinned to a garment. Some were hung in doorways to ward off evil or for good luck.The shape of the holder varies. Shapes similar to the one you have symbolize the boat that brought slaves from Africa. The two birds facing each other on the holder represent Africa and Brazil. This one has the dark-skinned forearm with clenched fist!
Holder measures approx 5.5" wide and 3.25" tall. Wooden pear fruit with brass leaves measures 5 tip to tip. Ball fruits are about 4 tip to tip.
Wooden Fist measures about 3.5 tip to tip. Long fruits measure 4.5" to 5" tip to tip. Message with questions or get the studio 16625743760. The item "Vintage Rare HUGE PENCA de BALANGANDAN Brazilian Slave Charms Decor Good Luck" is in sale since Saturday, March 18, 2017.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Latin American". The seller is "goldgreyhoundjane" and is located in Columbus, Mississippi.This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, China, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Viet nam, Thailand, Bangladesh, Brunei darussalam, Egypt, Jordan, Cambodia, Macao, Pakistan, South africa, Sri lanka, Maldives, Oman, Reunion, Philippines.