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

    6812

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      Rare Pair of Large, Igbo Woman’s Brass Anklets (Ogba)

      Igbo People, Nigeria
      19th century

      diameter: approximately 34.5cm, height: 11.9cm, combined weight: 2,990g (1,498g and 1,492g)

      Reserved

      Provenance

      private collection, Channel Islands, UK.

      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

                                      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