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Date: Early-mid 20th century
Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: H x W x D: 5.0 x 9.6 x 9.5 cm (1 15/16 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.)
Credit Line: Bequest of Eliot Elisofon
Geography: Côte d'Ivoire
Object Number: 73-7-485
Search Terms:
Female use
Object is not currently on exhibit

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 that is darker on the inside, and black cracks around the circle opening.

Eliot Elisofon, New York, -- to 1973

Treasures 2008, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., April 9-August 24, 2008

Park, Edwards. 1983. Treasures of the Smithsonian. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books, p. 387.

Patton, Sharon F. and Bryna Freyer. 2008. Treasures 2008. Washington D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 32-33.

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