Plain ivory bracelets are found among a number of African peoples. They are invariably prized as emblems of status and wealth. While the donor identified this bracelet as Guro, it could just as easily come from the nearby Baule peoples.
Deep globular ivory bracelet with reddish patina on the inside, scattered spots on the exterior and black cracks.
Eliot Elisofon, New York, -- to 1973
Treasures 2008, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., April 9-August 24, 2008
Patton, Sharon F. and Bryna Freyer. 2008. Treasures 2008. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 32-33.