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African Prayer Scroll

African Prayer Scroll

AFRICAN PRAYER SCROLL

This prayer scroll was part of the collection of Rev. Bill Gold, a
Unitarian minister known as a collector of African art and
history. Rev. Gold donated it to The Brass Ring Society in 1986 where it has been held in trust since.

The tribe, age and language are not known but it was estimated by Rev. Gold to have been made sometime in the 19th century. The holes in the scroll were put there by an idiot as a way to hang it on the wall.

Made of tree bark and materials of the 19th century, it does not take much imagination of the time and effort that went into making this marvelous example of African art and medicine.

Use of the scroll was simple. A shaman or medicine man would hang the scroll over the bed of a sick villager and the prayer would be read. Throughout the individual’s illness the family would read the scroll daily in hopes of producing a
cure.

Price: $800
Date: c. 19th century

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