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    Description

    Yoruba (Nigeria)
    Armlet
    Copper alloy
    Height: 5 ½ inches Dia.: 4 ½ inches

    This hollow cylindrical armlet has flanges at either end and is decorated with two sets of two motifs, one a central head in high relief from the chin of which issues a looping chain-like design connected on either side to another slightly smaller head. The other, more abstract motif features what appears to be a fluted container out of which issues two looping cords in relief, ending on either side with a three-lobed bell-like device. Near the container in the latter motif is a low relief design with two circles attached to the ends of a "W". This appears to be an armlet associated with the Ogboni/Oshugbo cult, a leadership institution in most Yoruba city-states.

    There are some minor metal losses in several places and a small area of the flange is bent.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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