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Miscellaneous objects - Jewellery and ornaments

Iron bracelet, Bura culture, Niger River Valley (Niger), 3rd – 11th c. AD, Ø 9.53 cm

Iron bracelet, Bura culture, Niger River Valley (Niger), 3rd – 11th c. AD, Ø 9.53 cm

© The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA
Copper alloy torque (necklace), Bura culture, Niger River Valley (Niger), 3rd – 11th c. AD, Ø 18.73 cm

Copper alloy torque (necklace), Bura culture, Niger River Valley (Niger), 3rd – 11th c. AD, Ø 18.73 cm

© The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA
Bronze human pendant head, Igbo Isaiah (Igbo-Ukwu, Nigeria), 9th – 10th c. AD, 7.6 x 4.10 x 5.5 cm

Bronze human pendant head, Igbo Isaiah (Igbo-Ukwu, Nigeria), 9th – 10th c. AD, 7.6 x 4.10 x 5.5 cm

© The Trustees of the British Museum, UK
Bronze helmet, Senufo culture, Tiebissou, pre-17th c. AD, 12 x 19.4 cm

Bronze helmet, Senufo culture, Tiebissou, pre-17th c. AD, 12 x 19.4 cm

© Musée des Civilisations de Côte d’Ivoire
Yoruba bronze bracelets, Ogboni society, Ijebu (Nigeria), 18th – 19th c. AD, 12.7 x 11 cm

Yoruba bronze bracelets, Ogboni society, Ijebu (Nigeria), 18th – 19th c. AD, 12.7 x 11 cm

© Yale University Art Gallery, USA
Eight-toothed ivory comb with four circular perforations and one in the shape of a cross, early 19th c. AD, 8.5 x 4 cm

Eight-toothed ivory comb with four circular perforations and one in the shape of a cross, early 19th c. AD, 8.5 x 4 cm

© Musée des Civilisations de Côte d’Ivoire / Alecian Frédéric Djamel

Notice

Material
Metals | Ivory
Type
Accessories and jewellery
Details
Metal (copper, bronze, silver, gold, alloys) or ivory. Bracelets and anklets, necklaces and goldweights. Helmets and hair ornaments. May be human-shaped or bear geometric motifs.
Red List
Red List of West African Cultural Objects at Risk
Countries
Benin | Burkina Faso | Côte d'Ivoire | Guinea-Bissau | Niger | Nigeria | Senegal | Togo
Period
3rd -19th c. AD