Pendant with two figures at top and skirt-like bottom

early to mid-20th century

Object Place: Cote d'Ivoire or Burkina Faso or Mali

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze, (copper alloy)

Not On View


Africa and Oceania



Specialists in the Sando society help their clients resolve marital disputes, health woes, and economic difficulties by consulting with the spritual world. Together with the client, these specialists determine a particular course of action that is intended to solve the problem–whether prayer, wearing a protective charm, or other prescriptions. When a Sando specialist, also known as a diviner, starts out, she commissions small bronze twin figures, like this one, as part of the tools of her trade. The small sculpture represents twins.


Early 1990s, sold by Christie's, London to George Abrams, Waban, MA; 2009, gift of Abrams to the MFA. (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of George Abrams in memory of Maida Abrams