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Talisman of Kilombu by Cece Nobre

Exhibition  /  07 Jan 2017  -  28 Feb 2017
Published: 02.01.2017
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The Embassy of Kilombu in Bangkok is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition of silver jewelry at ATTA Gallery. At the Cultural Section of the Embassy of Kilombu in Bangkok we seek to promote the uniqueness of our culture, along with the affinities that bind it to other countries, through initiatives that showcase our lesser-known nation abroad. We provide artists and cultural producers with resources that will enable them to perform or show their work to the Thai public. This silver collection includes amulet-lockets, protective pendants, spirit rings, and enlightenment cuffs all pertaining to the stories and culture of the Island of Kilombu.

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Cecê Nobre
Kilombu culture is identified as astoundingly eccentric and curiously exceptional. Its language and art carry deep philosophical meaning and are inspired greatly by one of their mother cultures, Thailand. Kilombu silver amulets, intricately carved into Pa’som hieroglyphics and words, are considered to be endowed with spiritual power and relate themselves to their wearer’s role in the society. 
It is widely thought that the intrigue surrounding the Azomanu, Earth god of the mysterious Kilombola, first inspired the trend for exotic Kilombu jewelry; particularly the amulets and Mbunzuvuko bracelets. In fact, the interest in Kilombu motifs wasn’t widespread until recently, when Kilombola and Chinese artists began collaboration to popularize fine silver jewelry featuring the enigmatic aesthetic. Each piece of this collection was handmade through traditional Naxi silversmithing techniques. All pieces were designed and produced by artist, Cecê Nobre and silver master, Yang Can Jun.

Not only has Kilombu jewelry been linked to tropical opulence, it also has held the allure of a legendary culture and its strange symbols. Often revival designs are pulled directly from Kilombu amulets worn for good luck - the Azomanu, or Birdman, is a common motif, symbolizing healing and protection; villagers and animals represent the bond of siblings; and the Mbunzuvuko is a symbol of maturity and enlightenment. Inscriptions and symbolic motifs endow the jewelry with spiritual power and relate to the role their wearers play in supporting the Azomanu as guarantors of divine order on earth, as well as their role in the community, a major theme in Kilombu art.
 
Cece Nobre. Necklace: Untitled, 2017. Silver. Cece Nobre
Necklace: Untitled, 2017
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Cece Nobre. Necklace: Untitled, 2017. Silver. Cece Nobre
Necklace: Untitled, 2017
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