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: 4 x 3.4 x 0.5 inches – 10 x 8.5 x 1.2 cm – internally roughly 3 x 2.2 inches – 7.5 x 5.5 cm
Weight roughly: 125 g
Condition: in antique condition with signs of previous use, patina and tarnish, dings and scrapes, very solid piece