Anklet

Anklet

before 1927

Part of a set. See all set records

Cast brass

Overall: 14.1 x 11.7 cm (5 9/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

Gift of Willett Rankin Wilson, in memory of Audley R. and Edna Moore Wilson 1982.341.2

Description

Bracelets and anklets in various media are popular forms of jewelry among many African peoples. Their beauty and refinement communicate social position and good taste. One (1916.117) is an elegant, flared form with precisely rendered designs incised into the surface; it is found widely in Gabon and Cameroon. Another (1982.342), created by the lost-wax (cire-perdue) technique, was attached at the time of a woman's marriage and removed only after her death. Its weight and decorative richness expressed her husband's wealth and prestige as well as her own favored status, for such a woman was expected to live a life of relative ease.

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