This is a wonderful Vintage Lobi Brass Spiked Currency Bracelet. This bracelet would have been used in Africa to trade or store wealth. Currency bracelets might be used for major might be used for major purchases (of land or animals) or to signify a transfer of wealth at major events, such as birth, coming of age, marriage, or death. The most frequent use was as bridewealth, to compensate a family for the loss of a daughter. Most forms were developed from traditional metal objects that were already in use such as, tools, bracelets and anklets. While some continued to be functional for work or decorative purposes, most evolved into "pure" currency, deliberately unusable except as objects recognized, prized and accepted widely as payment. The bracelet is the most common money form in Africa. It served the important monetary functions of portability and wealth display. Variants of this form were accepted virtually everywhere in Africa, with the result that today it is often difficult to know where a particular type originated or was used, and to what extent it was either money or jewelry. This would be a lovely addition to add to your collection.
BRACELET COMES ON STAND
This bracelet shows age and discoloration, but overall in good condition.
2 3/4" wide
Opening from wrist
1 1/2" - 3 1/2" wide
2" long wrist to wrist
1/2" - 1" long
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