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Bekas bungah

A fine scent box that was used to contain scented leaves of the Michelia champaca and Bunga malor trees. Delicate body decoration in the form of filligree and a lotus blossom.

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Engraved box, possibly made by an Omani silversmith, though not necessarily in Oman. Collected between 1930 and 1942 by the donor’s father, Edwin Arthur Chapman- Andrews, who served in Ethiopia.

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Bracelet

This heavy metal bracelet comes from India. Bracelets like this were traditionally worn by married women who were supposed to wear bracelets or bangles on their wrists at all times to signify that they were married. In this way they are similar to wedding rings in Western traditions.

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Bracelet

Bracelets linked by a snakeskin band. Bracelets are made of coiled copper alloy wire and copper beads, probably of local manufacture. Said to be worn as a cure for rheumatism.

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Bracelet

Acquired by Sheila Unwin in the early 1970s for 10 shillings. A smith has incorporated twisted copper wire and twisted and hammered tin rods for this piece of jewellery. It’s an example of adornment made from industrially manufactured recycled material. Bracelets with a similar decoration, of coiled brass and steel wire, were also produced in South Africa in the late 19th century.

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This white alloy bracelet was crafted in the Mada Hills and then traded in Keffi Market. It was manufactured using the lost-wax casting technique with reused scrap metal, probably a recycled car-bumper. Its design is said to be Nupe.

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Bracelet

This is a prestigious token of membership associated with the Lemba, a successful mercantile elite who conducted trade directly with Europeans on the coast. The Lemba actively recruited the influential, the wealthy and the trustworthy to their ranks. Dennett acquired his collection through good relations, and possibly as a member of this elite. Membership would have enabled travel and interregional trade.

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