Seller: nigel315 (2,835) 99.8%, Location: St Boswells, Melrose, Borders, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 172865064304 African tribal Sahel stone currency bracelet Description: A very fine Sahel stone currency bracelet. It has two old metal riveted repairs with metal plates that have a dotted pattern. Signs of considerable age. Opinions on the age for these bracelets vary from several hundred years to several thousand years, but in any event they are still authentic lithic artefacts from Africa and are very interesting pieces. These bangles would be difficult to produce but easy to transport. The carefully repaired examples are also ample indication that they had value and there was pride in ownership. The Mossi and Fra Fra in Burkina Faso and the Tuareg men in the Sahara wear such stone upper arm bracelets. . Mossi men wear arm bracelets to protect themselves from disease, to make themselves attractive to women and to give their wives healthy children. The Bozo people, who settled along the middle course of the Niger, also wore bracelets because 'pour pêcher les poissons au harpon, cela donnait de la force' Translation 'It gives strength to catch fishes with a harpoon' (Tiemogo). For similar bracelets/bangles see, http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/twenty-black-and-white-stone-bangles-southern-6036570-details.aspx Dimensions: 12cms diameter x 3.8cms wide. The stone band is 2cms thick Weight: 425gms Condition: Two typical metal brace repairs with dot decoration. Lovely example. Bargain price.