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Bracelet made of silver. The piece which presents elegant curved lines and arabesques is composed of two parts, a base and a top fixed to it. The base has the shape of a figure with curved borders in the form of two opposing sinusoidal lines, very wide at the top, becoming narrower in the branches, getting again wider towards the ends, and folded in its centre to form a bracelet.
The edges are outlined by two long curved silver strips shaped by hammering, linked at the ends of the branches by two short silver strips fixed by heating. The space between those strips is filled by silver wires shaped by hammering and folding, and fixed to the borders and among themselves by heating. They form a composition in the shape of a central oval flanked by curved lines and arabesques. All the remaining space is filled with a dense decoration made of twisted tiny silver threads, in the technique of filigree, fixed to the rest of the structure by heating.
The top of the bracelet is a floral composition. The petals are outlined by arabesques made of silver wires shaped by hammering and folding, and fixed among themselves by heating. The intersections between the wires are reinforced by small round plaques fixed to the silver sires by heating. The rest of the space is filled with a dense decoration made of twisted tiny silver threadss, in the technique of filigree, fixed to the wires by heating. The centre of the flower is marked by a silver pellet fixed by heating. From that centre irradiate eight pistills, four to the left and four to the right, made of curved silver wires, and fixed to the central pellet and to the petals by heating. At the end of each pistil is a small silver granule fixed to the pistil and to the flower by heating.
- Production date
Weight: 72 grammes
- Curator's comments
- The design of this bracelet is called "The banana". This modern composition is popular among jewellers in urban centres in Mali.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 2006 (24 November)
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased during a fieldwork and collecting trip to Mali by Dr Claude Ardouin (Dept of AOA) from 10-25 November 2006. Purchased from funds provided by Townley Group.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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