About this object

Penannular armlet or bracelet with the two ends virtually touching. Relief decoration includes a human face in mid-section. Geometric decoration either side consisting of interweaving relief lines enclosing relief diamond forms incised either with crossed lines forming x-shape or cross-hatching.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    Possibly Bakongo; Vili
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Central Africa
  • Date made
    1883 before
  • Materials
    Copper
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of J. G. C. Harrison, 1883
  • Collector
    J G C Harrison
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    1883 before
  • Measurements
    13 mm x 80 mm x 87 mm
  • Note
    Note: Copper bracelets of this kind seem to be of a type manufactured for initiation into the Lemba, or similar, trading association, which had widespread influence in Central Africa in the late nineteenth century.
    STOCKBOOK: Armlet made of native copper, with grotesque face and carving round the outside. From the Cheaka- Apinge country W. Central Africa.
  • Related people
    J G C Harrison (Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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