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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



    UK art market

    This pair of ‘C’-shaped cuff bracelets is from the Gurunsi people of northern Ghana & southern Burkina Faso. They have been cast in bronze and are decorated with triangle, plaited rope and other motifs.

    The two are not identical but most probably are and were worn as a  pair.

    An almost identical single example is illustrated in van Cutsem (2002, p. 57).

    The two here have splendid wear and patina. Their contours have been softened from age and handling. They have a pleasing dark coppery hue. They are both decorative and sculptural.


    van Cutsem, A., A World of Bracelets: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America, Skira, 2002.

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