TERA Gallery - African Art and Antiquities

"Altering The Way You View The World Of Art"
 
ADORNMENT

Jewelry in Africa is worn as adornment, but it also may announce the status of the
wearer.  Ornaments used to enhance physical appearance vary in design and types
from society to society, and may include necklaces, chest bands, waistbands, armlets
bracelets, anklets, rings, earrings, combs or hairpins.  

Jewelry can be made of stones, bones, teeth, shells, ivory, glass beads, gold, silver,
and copper alloys.  The most favored and prestigious materials were gold and copper
alloys which were fashioned into decorated ornaments and worn by royalty and other
high ranking members.