An antique African bracelet made from Bronze and/or Copper. These manilla, named after the Portuguese or Spanish word for bangle were a form of currency in regions throughout Africa where metal had value in society. Wikipedia have an informative page on Manilla.
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Makers mark / hallmarks: none
Sourced: in Normandy, France
Age: circa 1910’s
Known background: none, came to us as part of an extensive collection of historical African pieces
Materials: bronze and/or copper
Size roughly: 5.8 x 3.6 x 1 inches – 14.5 x 9 x 2.5 cm – internally roughly 4 x 2.4 inches – 10 x 6 cm
Weight roughly: 135 g
Condition: in antique condition with signs of previous use, patina and tarnish, dings and scrapes, originally had pieces in the bells to make a noise but these have been lost over the decades, very solid piece