This dramatic and powerful garment is an Asante chief’s ceremonial war tunic, called a batakari kese, covered with charms and amulets. Hand spun strip weave cotton tunic that would have been dip dyed in a mixture of leaves that imparted both the brown coloration and themselves had a empowering and protective role. Leather strips attach an exceptional variety of charms, small packages covered with red wool blanket fabric, imported textiles, and various animal and reptile skins. The contents of these would include Islamic magic square charms as well as traditional formulas. Among them are small gourds and two joined horns containing medicinal substances. The whole ensemble projected a dangerous power that both protected the wearer from attacks by wild animals, the bullets and swords of enemy soldiers or the spells of rivals and enhanced his own spiritual potential to afflict rivals. They are rarely found these days. Condition is excellent. Dates from mid twentieth century, with many of the charms much older.
Measures 52 inches x 38, 132 cm x 87.
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