A vintage African bracelet made from Bronze and/or Copper. Both are included in this sale. 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: small child size 3.2 x 2.4 x 0.8 inches – 8 x 6 x 2 cm – internally roughly 2 x 1.2 inches – 5 x 3 cm
Weight roughly: 240 g
Condition: in antique condition with signs of previous use, patina and tarnish, dings and scrapes, very solid piece