- Museum number
Armlet, made of ivory. Carved with animal and human figures. Series of projecting loops around centre.
Height: 7.70 centimetres
Width: 13.50 centimetres
Depth: 13 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Christy Collection (Sir A. Wollaston Franks, K.C.B.). Listed in Christy Collection Register July 1869-July 1877 fol.29 1869
32. Elaborately carved massive ivory armlet with row of pierced loops round the middle of its circumference. Procured at Lukoja but of unknown use & origin.
See AOA Christy Correspondence:
Letter H Warren Edwards/A W Franks, 7 October 1868 - 'I have a great number of curiosities which I collected while in Charge of the "Niger Valley Mission" Mr Jackson Curator of the Museum at Kew has recommended me to write to you offering them for sale he says he is sure that you would be glad of the opportunity of adding them to the Ethnological Dept and authorises me to add his testimony as to their being worthy of your attention. I shall esteem it a favor if you will name any time convenient to yourself when you would inspect them they consist of manufactures in wood - iron - leather - brass - ivory - grass - palm leaves - iron [sic] - gourds, pottery - etc...'
Read & Dalton 1899:
Heavy ivory armlet with designs in relief. Round the middle is a band of pierced bosses, some of which are wanting. This band divides the outer surface into two zones, and upon each are three designs repeated twice. The twelve panels into which the surface is divided contain, therefore only three subjects, each being repeated four times: (1) A cock fighting with a snake (Fig. 1a). (2) Head of an animal with long ears and ibex-like horns; from the mouth proceed two human arms; in one case the arms are replaced by snakes (Fig. 1b) [cf. Af1898,0115.1 and Figs 5 and 8, on detail image attached to Af1224.1-3]. (3) Human head with tall conical headdress and two arms proceeding from the nose as in the preceding figure-compare the head on the lid of the box Af.5111.
- Not on display
- Good; slightly mobile split at one side.
- Acquisition date
- 14 Jan 1869
- Acquisition notes
- Obtained about 1868 at Lokoja, on the River Niger, by Mr. H.W. Edwards, H.B.M. Consul at that place. Its use and origin were unknown to the native vendor.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Af1869C1.5111 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Af1869C0114.32