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Tikar Brass Currency Collar Torque Cameroon African Art

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Product #: 113609
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Title Tikar Brass Currency Collar Torque Cameroon African Art
Type of Object Collar
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Tikar
Materials Brass /Copper Alloy (unknown metal content)
Approximate Age unknown
Dimensions Height: 16.5 Inches
Width: 12 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair some oxidation, dented projectiles; see pictures for details.


Additional Information:  This large and exuberant brass armlet or torque with its complex patterns and finely molded motifs in relief reflects a sculptural tradition long established in Cameroon. This complex cast continues a bronze or brass casting tradition long established at the capital city of Fombam in Bamum that flourished after late 19th century contact with German colonial officials in providing works for Europeans. The complex patterns and interwoven designs provide an extraordinary backdrop for the sculpted facial expression. This is la arge and extraordinary ceremonial brass torque that would certainly be of good addition to a collection.



For ages, brass and gold African pieces have been made using the “lost wax method.” First a model of the object is made from beeswax, then dipped repeatedly in a solution of fine ash or charcoal powder mixed with water. This forms a mold, or “crucible,” which is allowed to dry and harden. In the case of beads with fine strings in their design, a syringe is used to produce the long, thin wax pieces which are then wrapped around charcoal to leave a hole during the heating process. As the molds harden,  channels are left in them  to enable the wax to drain out during the heating process which takes place in a kiln. As the wax melts and is “lost”, molten brass or gold is poured into the mold to form the bead or ornament. When the metal has cooled, the molds are broken open and cleared away and the new art object is thoroughly cleaned and shined before it is presented to the world. In some cases the final product is gilded for an especially rich finish.



To see other examples of Ethnic jewelry from around the world please see A WORLD OF NECKLACES (Leurquin), AFRICA ADORNED (Fisher), JEWELS FROM ELSEWHERE (Maggi,Melesi, Pensotti) and ETHNIC JEWELRY (van der Star Collection) and THE SPLENDOR of ETHNIC JEWELRY (Borel)