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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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

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Provenance

UK art market

4196

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Three Solid Copper Mossi African Hairpins

Mossi People, Burkina Faso
19th century

7.5-9cm

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Provenance

UK art market

4222

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Cast Bronze Hairpin of a Horse & Rider

Dogon People, Mali
19th century

length: 19.5cm

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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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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

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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.

4473

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Rare Cast Brass Necklace

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

length: approx. 75cm, weight: 1,704g

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UK art market

3091

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Rare Pair of Ijebu-Yoruba Bronze Ceremonial Anklets

Nigeria
18th century

diameter: 19cm

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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.

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private collection, UK

4092

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Two Ghanaian Cast Brass Gold Weights Shaped as Boats & Paddlers

Ashanti or Asante People, Ghana
19th century

lengths: 13cm, widths: 4cm, weights: 216g & 230g

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UK art market

5657

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Ashanti Gold Dust Container (Kuduo)

Ashanti (Asante) People, Ghana
19th century

height: 17.5cm, diameter: 8cm, weight: 884g

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UK art market

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

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Provenance

Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81

1867

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Cast Bronze Dogoni Spiral Ring, West Africa

Dogon People, Mali
18th-19th century

diameter of bezel: 3.5cm: weight: 24g

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Provenance

Private Collection, Germany, acquired 1960-81