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Anklet
Date: Early 20th century
Medium: Brass, iron
Dimensions: H x W x D: 14.3 x 34.0 x 33.8 cm (5 5/8 x 13 3/8 x 13 5/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Newman
Geography: Nigeria
Object Number: 75-31-7.1
Search Terms:
Female use
Adornment
Status
Exhibited: African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection

With some regional variations, Igbo girls and married women wore such pieces before 1920, cylindrical forms with spectacular flanges, as in this example. The anklets' material and size indicate great prestige, wealth and the exemption from physical labor. Although the meaning of the punch designs is not known, the pattern is consistent with the symbolic patterns used in body painting during women's initiations and other ceremonies. The anklets may also be worn by male masked dancers portraying young women.

Large flat disc of brass pierced by a cylinder with punch and engraved designs. Cylinder is lined with iron.

Arnold Newman, New York, -- to 1975


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