MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Wire Bracelet
Object Name:
Bracelet, Wire
Other Name:
Aluminum, Copper
Place of Origin:
Liberia, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
L = 7—1/2"

Possibly a currency bracelet, possibly purley decorative. Currency bracelets were used mostly for storage of wealth and for the display of wealth, or in major transactions due to their great value.

Metal was highly valued throughout Africa, and, as with most African metal items, pieces that were originally created for an entirely different purpose became viewed as wealth over time and then used as currency in trade for a wide variety of items.

Currency items were used between the 16th and 19th century, until the early 1900's when the British government sought to establish their own currency and therefore forbade the use of any other.

Aluminum and copper wire bracelet. Aluminum and copper wire woven together, with circular balls of aluminum on the ends.
Marianne Keown Collection
Aluminum / Copper
Domestic Use
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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