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African tribal stone Sahel Burkino Faso Mali stone currency bangle. (2)

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Seller: nigel315 (2,917) 99.8%, Location: St Boswells, Melrose, Borders, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 182920654730 Stone Sahel Burkino Faso Mali stone currency bangle bracelet.This example is whole and worn. Made of dark grey stone with white veins. The inside face of the ring is very smooth. These stone artefacts are fascinating. Opinions, on the age for these items 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.Stone bangles of this type are known to have been manufactured near Hombori / Mali and worn by various ethnic groups of the Sahel mostly on the upper arm, e.g. Mossi men wear them to protect themselves from disease, to make themselves attractive to women and to give their wives healthy children. The Fra Fra in Burkina Faso and Tuareg (men) in the Sahara also wear stone upper arm bangles.There is some speculation that they were also used as currency. 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. See: Lot 18, Dorotheum Tribal Art auction: 20.02.2017 Palais Dorotheum Vienna 3 bracelets sold for 475 Euros ($600) including costs.See also Lot 151 sale 13757 Christie’s, South Kensington, London. Seward Kennedy sale 22nd November 2016. (20 bangles achieved a hammer price plus commission of £3750)Provenance: Woolley and Wallis, Salisbury. Dimensions: Outer diameter 10.7cms. Inner diameter 7.3cms Thickness 2.2cms Weight: 225gmsCondition: Excellent and this one is smooth on the inside. (2)

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