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"Manilla" Copper Bracelet Currency

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  • Title "Manilla" Copper Bracelet Currency
  • Category Utilitarian
  • Medium Copper
  • Dimensions 3.44"w
  • Year Completed undated
  • Notes For 500 years copper bracelets were an important form of currency in many parts of Africa. These open ring copper bracelets were mainly exchanged in the market, used to pay a bride price or for burial or used to pay diviners. Although Africans used many words for the bracelets, the term ‘manilla’ is derived from the Portuguese word ‘manilha,’ which means shackle.
  • Credit John and Janet Yoder Collection
  • Location Library Art Storage I4
  • Accession Number 2022.0208
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