While objects such as bracelets, collars, earrings and anklets crafted from copper, gold and silver were used as jewelry, in some cases they also served as currency. These pieces of jewelry were not widely circulated and were never used in connection with routine transactions. Instead, they served as repositories of wealth in a form that was easy to store and transport.
Semicircular copper alloy anklet with polygonal finials. The facets of polygonal finials are deeply imprinted with decorative punches of varying size and ornament, and the anklet is burnished from wear. This is the smaller of two like pieces.
Tom Joyce, Santa Fe, 1986 to 2002
From Slavery to Freedom, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, July 2004-October 2007