A vintage 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.
We often have a collection of these in store. You can find others at the link below.
Makers mark / hallmarks: none
Sourced: in Normandy, France
Age: circa 1930-50’s
Known background: none, came to us as part of an extensive collection of historical African pieces
Materials: bronze and/or copper
Size roughly: 3.8 x 3.8 x 0.8 inches – 9.5 x 9.5 x 2 cm – internally roughly 3.2 x 2.8 inches – 8 x 7 cm
Weight roughly: 200 g
Condition: in vintage condition with signs of previous use, patina and tarnish, dings and scrapes, crack to the inside which does not go all the way through, likely there since production, very solid piece