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Edo people armlet

Armlet from the Edo people of Benin


This is an armlet from the Edo people of Benin. Cuffs such as these were worn by Benin chiefs when dressed in regalia, and refer to a time when trade brought new prosperity to Benin. Metal such as brass was brought into the country by Europeans as a valued material to trade. This armlet is made from sheet metal, and was hammered to make the raised design of three figures, which possibly represent Europeans, either traders or soldiers.

Creator: Edo

Date: unknown

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

Object ID:Ea 9870

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