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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

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    Provenance

    UK art market

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    This fine pair of matched, cast bronze bangles is of almost closed ‘C’ form.

    The bodies of the bangles are twisted, giving them a wonderful form and texture.

    The finials are engraved with geometric patterns.

    The bangles are of solid metal and so have a good weight.

    Bangles and anklets such as these often were used a s a form of currency in West Africa, as well as a form of adornment.

    The pair here is in excellent condition. One is lighter in colour than the other.

     

    References

    Phillips, T., Africa: The Art of a Continent, Prestel, 2004.

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