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Twisted Iron Currency Bracelet Nigeria Africa

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Title Twisted Iron Currency Bracelet Nigeria Africa
Materials Iron
Made In Nigeria
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 2.5 inch diameter, 2 inch Interior Diameter
Overall Condition Fair to good. 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 Rusted, Oxidation, cracked; see pictures for detail.

Additional information: Many brass, bronze, or copper alloy bracelets, manillas, torques, figures and animal skulls have been found in Nigeria and surrounding areas. In the past these have generally been attributed to the “Lower Niger Bronze Industry,” an appellation coined by W. Fagg (1963). Bracelet forms such as this one preceded European contact. Such bracelets are still worn today and can be seen on shrines as memorial objects.

Recommended reading: Anderson, G.P. and P. M. Peek, Ways of the River: Arts and Environment of the Niger Delta, 2002.Fagg, W. Nigerian Images: The Splendor of African Sculpture. 1963.Johansson, Nigerian Primitive Currencies. 1967. Schaedler, K-F. Earth and Ore; 2500 Years of African Art in Terracotta and Metal. 1997. P. 328, ill. 640.