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West Africa, ca. 17th to 18th century CE. An enormous cast-copper currency ring known as a "manilla" with a crescent-shaped body and a pair of discoid terminals. Strips of hammered circular motifs decorate the sides of the body, and fine green and brown patina envelops the entire composition. Lucite display stand for photography purposes only. Size: 7.5" W x 6.5" H (19 cm x 16.5 cm).
Provenance: Mark Clayton collection, Long Beach, California, USA; Mr. Clayton is a noted African expert and collector who recently had Nigerian bronze objects from his collection featured in an exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum entitled "Summoning the Ancestors" (September 2018 - March 2019).
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