Leather Sebe

A leather charm/amulet, or sebe/sebbeh, the Mende and Temne name for charm/amulet. It consists of a flat oblong pendant, encased in leather on one side, and alligator skin on the other. It has plaited leather edges, attached to four leather plaited loops. Alldridge noted that it was collected from Kaiema, a Kono town. Kaiema was destroyed by the Sofas (In T.J. Alldridge, The Sherbro and its Hinterland, 1901, page 278-9).

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Further Information

  • Type: Religious/ritual equipment, charms
  • Object: Leather Sebe
  • Materials: Leather, animal skin
  • Culture Group: Mende, Kono
  • Dimensions: 462mm x 90mm x 25mm
  • Production Date: Pre 1894
  • Associated Places: Kaiema; Kono
  • Associated People: Thomas Joshua Alldridge (Collector)
  • Museum: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
  • Accession Number: BMAG:R3483/50

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