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Bracelet / Primitive Benin Currency (N° 12641)

Steffen Patzwahl Collection.
African craftsmen and bracelets The state of Benin developed in southern Nigeria until the end of the 19th century, when the production of copper alloy ceremonial objects reinforced the divine character of the sovereign. Igueghae , a craftsman from Ifé, was commissioned to court Benin in the 14th century to teach the technique of cast iron with lost wax. The objects were made of brass (copper and zinc), more rarely bronze (copper and tin), extracted from the Bauchi mines in Nigeria, but also from the copper trade from the Maghreb. In the 15th century Europeans also imported metal in the form of shackles, which also became bargaining chips. (Laure Meyer) This adornment was a wedding bracelet that was part of the dowry. A chisel composed of fine linear and geometric patterns embellishes the object.
Collection Steffen Patzwahl, Scientific Director of Pairi Daiza Park in Belgium.  

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OriginCollection Steffen Patzwahl
EthnyBénin
Countrynigéria
Material(s)bronze africain
Height11
Width10
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1940
Socle includedYes

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