TERA Gallery - African Art and Antiquities

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Type of Object:
    Dance Rattle Ankle Bracelet
    19th c.

    This is a wonderful old antique iron ankle bracelet dance
    rattle from the Igbo Peoples of Nigeria, West Africa. Often
    worn in multiples (or by itself) to create a jingling or rattle
    sound during ceremonial dances. Later used as currency in
    trade for a wide variety of items.

    Created from hand forged iron, now loaded with a wonderful
    patina, the rattle pebbles continue to produce a delightful
    tinkling sound. Similar styles of dance rattles were used by
    the neighboring Yoruba peoples.  

Ethnic Group:
    Igbo Society

Country of Origin:  


    5.25" outer diameter with the rattle sections in center about .
    75" wide.