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    Leg-ornament made out of metal, in penannular form and incised with foliate motifs.

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    • Diameter: 12.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 2.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Attached with an old Wellcome label which indicates that this object was bought at “Soth:” [Sotheby’s?] on 21/07/1920 as lot 22. 10/- was paid for this leg-ornament (one of a pair, the other being Af1954,+23.1569.b) and that they were “no. 1228-1229”. Described as “white metal Leglet” and with the accession number of 9241 they were check number 1228 on 15 December 1932.


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    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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    • 9241 (Wellcome number)

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