These forged iron shapes were a symbol of wealth and a medium of exchange or barter. They were used as dowry items or exchanged for goods by tribes in the areas where iron was plentiful. There are several different shapes of currency found all over Africa and make a unique talking piece when displayed on a stand.
Anklets of great weight were forged onto women's legs to be worn to the grave unless they were removed by blacksmiths. These anklets were part of a woman's dowry and symbols of status. In the mid-twentieth century the government forbade women from wearing these anklets as it was said to make them look like slaves. The large anklets are now valued only as a currency.
Size: Approx Width: 20cm - Height: 30cm - Depth: 9cm
Beautiful bronze African armlet bangle on a metal stand - these beautiful pieces adorned the arm of African Princesses, and can now be a feature in your home.
SMALL: Width: 7cm - Height: 8cm - Depth: 7cm
LARGE: Width: 9cm - Height: 20cm - Depth: 9cm
These white painted wooden dolls from Ghana are handcarved and feature black beading. They are a traditional African decorator item with a modern twist.
Size approx 42cm high x 15cm wide.
Many forms of wax cast bangles and anklets are found all over West Africa. They were used as a form of currency and to provide status to the wearer. Their value lay in the metal itself, and in the amount or ornamentation. They were forged onto a bride's arm as part of her wedding dowry. These bronze bangles have a lovely green patina and look beautiful displayed individually or in a group.
Size: Width: 13cm - Height: 14cm - Depth: 8cm