Antique Silver Brazilian Penca De Balangandan Charm With 10 Charms Chatelaine. Stunning and large Includes Stand Which is well made Sturdy and heavy. Marked 95 for 950 silver Prata Ragastens Good luck necklace. Prata is the word for silver in Portuguese if memory serves.The piece is Brazilian; it's a good luck necklace. Ragastens is the factory name. 95 refers to 950 silver vs. 925 I believe the value goes up the more charms attached. The history of the Penca de Balangandan according to : The history of the Balangandan blends itself with the history of African slaves brought to Brazil, and their heritage of beliefs, culture and religion.
The "Penca de Balangandan" is a religious object, created by African slaves brought into Brazil, mostly in the Bahia state. Its production started in Salvador and became a part of afro and slave clothing.
Each balangandan had a meaning of its own, thus the diversity of charms that can be found in a penca; each penca is a set of several charms, evoking for good luck, protection of the African Gods and Goddess, and the strenght of the nature. As a religious belief, it was mostly used on the sides of dresses and vests, and also decorating walls or tables, moreover it was also set behind the entrance door to bring protection to the household.
Each balangandan brought the sum of life happenings and beliefs of those who own it. Others believe that the penca was given by a slave master to his/her slave as a reward for good behavior.Quite large at 12 1/2 inches long.. From top of chain to bottom of charms. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Other Antique Sterling Silver". The seller is "greekflyboy1964" and is located in this country: US.
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