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Mbole Copper Anklet Currency Small Congo African Art

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Title Mbole Copper Anklet Currency Small Congo Africa
Type of Object Anklet/currency
Country of Origin DR Congo
People Mbole
Materials Copper alloy
Approximate Age Probably Mid 20th century or earlier
Dimensions 5 inches external diameter x 3 inches wide
Overall Condition 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 dents and small cracks, rusting and signs of oxidation

Additional information: The Mbole, a group of about 150,000 people in Southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) made ankle currency bracelets of copper which were used for major transactions. Some of the largest jewelry forms known in sub-Saharan Africa are found among the Mbole people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Worn by both men and women these large rounded anklets were offered by the husband to his wife to be a part of the marriage contract. The anklets come in two sizes the larger known as Ehuke and the smaller Diako. These anklets were forged and hammered from a single copper ingot.

Recommended Reading: See an example in Schaedler's EARTH AND ORE-2500 YEARS OF AFRICAN ART IN TERRA COTTA AND METAL.