|Title||Manilla Metal Currency Bracelet 400 Years African Art|
|Made In||British or Portugal|
|Traded In||West Africa|
|Approximate Age||400 yrs old!|
|Dimensions||Approximately 1.75-2 inches interior diameter|
|Overall Condition||Fair to poor. 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||Oxidation, fragile, and worn.|
|Type of Object||currency|
Picture is an example; yours will be similar.
Additional information: These currencies were used throughout Nigeria and neighboring countries for more than 300 years. They are probably a middle period British Manilla called "Onoudu" . Many of these currencies were widely used from the sixteenth century, when the Portuguese cast huge quantities and used them to trade in West Africa.
Recommended Reading: See Schaedler's EARTH AND ORE--2500 YEARS OF AFRICAN ART IN TERRA-COTTA AND METAL.