Kalacha
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Kalacha

Konso, Ethiopia

11. Kalacha. Konso Culture, Ethiopia

This phallic-shaped head adornment (kalacha), made from metal and shell, would have been traditionally worn by a Konso male elder as a symbol of leadership. Among the Konso of Ethiopia, phallic symbols are believed to preserve the strength of the man. Affixed to a leather strap, the kalacha would have been tied around the forehead of the elder or chief as a visible emblem of status. 

The way in which the phallic shape attachment has been forged together with two different metals, bronze and steel, is a particularly interesting characteristic of this piece.

Reference

A. Fisher (1984) Africa Adorned p.63

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H (Incl. Stand): 23.5 CM
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