Our catalogue > Metalwork of Tribal Africa

Bronze and brass casting have a long history in Africa, partly because of the abundant local supply of copper ore.

The pieces shown here, all of which are for sale, have been carefully selected for their artistic merit, their patina and their provenance.

Each piece has been sourced from within the UK, often from old, colonial-era collections.

Also see our sculptural and ritual works from tribal Africa in other media.

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6799

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    Pair of Nigerian Cast & Engraved Bronze Bangles

    Lower Niger River, Nigeria
    early 20th century

    external diameter (widest): 9.9 to 10.1cm, internal diameter: 5.4 to 5.9cm, combined weight: 1,330g

    Provenance

    UK art market

    6490

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      Fang Gilded Bronze Torque

      Fang People, Gabon/Cameroon
      circa 19th century

      diameter: at widest point: 19cm, thickness: 3.8cm, weight: 2,217g

      Provenance

      private collection, London.

      4474

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        Yoruba Cast Brass Opele Oracle Chain

        Yoruba People, Nigeria
        19th century

        circumference: approx.: 96cm, weight: 178g

        Provenance

        UK art market

        4476

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          Early, Ashanti Gold Weight Modelled on a Bifurcated Knife (Afenata)

          Ashanti People, Ghana
          17th century

          length: 12.3cm, width: 8.2cm, weight: 107g

          Provenance

          private collection, London.

          4225

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            Congo Cast-Brass Hairpins

            Congo, probably Kuba people.
            19th-20th century

            21cm & 16.8cm

            Provenance

            Private collection, London.

            5940

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              Exceptional Pair of Igbo Man’s Cast Brass Wrist Guards or Cuff Bracelets

              Igbo People, South-central and South-eastern Nigeria
              probably 19th century

              heights: 17cm, diameters: 10.7cm, combined weights: 1,150g

              Provenance

              UK art market

              4196

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                Three Solid Copper Mossi African Hairpins

                Mossi People, Burkina Faso
                19th century

                7.5-9cm

                Provenance

                Private collection, London.

                4033

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                  Ashanti Cast Brass Gold Weight

                  Ashanti or Asante People, Ghana
                  18th-19th century

                  height: 7.3cm, width: 8cm, depth: 6cm, weight: 284g

                  Provenance

                  UK art market

                  3001

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                    Baule Bronze Currency Anklet

                    Baule People, Ivory Coast
                    19th century-early 20th century

                    height: 26cm (without stand); 37cm (with stand); width: 25cm, depth: 14.4cm

                    Provenance

                    UK art market

                    5742

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                      Pair of Gurunsi Bronze Bracelets

                      Gurunsi (Grunshi) People, northern Ghana & southern Burkina Faso
                      18th-19th century

                      width: 9.5cm, height: 9.3cm, combined weight: 684g

                      Provenance

                      UK art market

                      4624

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                        Cast Brass Senufo Ring

                        Senufo People, Ivory Coast
                        19th or early 20th century

                        weight: 19.6g, ring size: 10.75 (US), V/V (UK)

                        Provenance

                        UK art market

                        4047

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                          Woman’s Brass & Beaded Headdress & Ear Ornament Set

                          Kikuyu People, Kenya
                          early 20th century

                          diameter of each spiral : 8.8cm; length of headdress: 38cm, total weight: 325g

                          Provenance

                          UK art market

                          2850

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                            Cast Brass Pendant & Brass Bead Necklace

                            Asante/Ashanti, Ghana, West Africa
                            early 20th century

                            length of pendant: 12.5cm, length of chain: 66cm, weight: 193g

                            Provenance

                            UK art market

                            4279

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                              Chief’s Bronze ‘Tiered’ Anklet with Bells

                              Gio or Dan & Wee People, Liberia & Cote d’Ivoire
                              19th century

                              outside diameter: 11.5cm, inside diameter: 7.5cm x 8.5cm, height: 4.3cm, weight: 517g

                              Provenance

                              UK art market

                              4046

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                                Rare Cast Brass Necklace

                                Vere People, North-Eastern Nigeria & Cameroon
                                19th century

                                length: 69cm, weight: 1,303g

                                Provenance

                                UK art market

                                4222

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                                  Cast Bronze Hairpin of a Horse & Rider

                                  Dogon People, Mali
                                  19th century

                                  length: 19.5cm

                                  Provenance

                                  UK art market

                                  3507

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                                    Cast Copper Bwa Do Cult Anklet

                                    Bwa people, Burkino Faso
                                    19th century

                                    length: 20cm. width: 9.7cm, height with stand: 8cm

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                                    Provenance

                                    UK art market

                                    3104

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                                      Pair of Yoruba Bronze Ogboni Staves

                                      Yoruba People, Nigeria
                                      early 19th century

                                      heights: 22cm, combined wight: 881g

                                      Provenance

                                      acquired from the estate of Dr Peter Sharratt (d. 2014). Sharratt was a linguist and lecturer in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh who published on Renaissance French sculpture. In his private life, he was an avid collector of tribal art, building up his collection over fifty years. During that time, he bought from UK dealers, collectors and auction houses.

                                      3091

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                                        Rare Pair of Ijebu-Yoruba Bronze Ceremonial Anklets

                                        Nigeria
                                        18th century

                                        diameter: 19cm

                                        Provenance

                                        private collection, Isle of Wight, UK.

                                        4462

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                                          Nine Copper ‘X’ Currency Crosses

                                          Luba & Yeke People, Katanga Province, Congo
                                          19th century

                                          typical diameter of a cross: 22.5cm Note: Each of these has a custom-made stand - each can be sold separately, or as part of a group.

                                          Provenance

                                          private collection, UK

                                          1880

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                                            Cast Brass ‘Chief’s Stool’ Ring with Traces of Gilding

                                            Akan People, Ghana/Ivory Coast
                                            18th-19th century

                                            height: 4cm, weight: 40g

                                            Provenance

                                            Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81

                                            1871

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                                              Cast Brass Trophy Head Ring with Traces of Gold

                                              Baule, Mali
                                              18th-19th century

                                              length of bezel: 3.5cm, weight: 17g, ring size (UK): L, (US): 5.75

                                              Provenance

                                              Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81

                                              1879

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                                                Ashanti Cast Brass “Double Crocodile” Ring, Ghana

                                                Ashanti, Ghana
                                                18th-19th century

                                                diameter of bezel: 4.7cm, weight: 35g

                                                Provenance

                                                Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81

                                                1882

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                                                  Akan Cast Brass ‘Sword Hilt’ Ring

                                                  Akan, Ghana/Ivory Coast
                                                  18th-19th century

                                                  height: 4.5cm, weight: 22g

                                                  Provenance

                                                  Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81

                                                  1869

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                                                    Dogon Cast Brass Fertility Ring

                                                    Dogon People, Mali
                                                    19th century

                                                    height: 4.3cm, weight: 15g

                                                    Provenance

                                                    Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81

                                                    1885

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                                                      Akan Cast Brass ‘African Cobra’ Ring, Ghana

                                                      Akan, Ghana/Ivory Coast
                                                      19th century

                                                      length of bezel: 2.7cm, weight: 16g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81

                                                      1874

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                                                        Akan Cast Brass ‘Seed Pod Cluster’ Ring with Traces of Gilding

                                                        Akan, Ghana/Ivory Coast
                                                        18th-19th century

                                                        width: 4cm, weight: 13g

                                                        Provenance

                                                        Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81

                                                        1873

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                                                          Akan Cast Brass Peanut Ring, Ghana

                                                          Akan, Ghana/Ivory Coast
                                                          18th-19th century

                                                          height: 5cm, weight: 16g

                                                          Provenance

                                                          Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81