This rare pair of small brass cuffs (Ogba) would have been attached to the ankles of women married to high-ranking Ibo men. They were not removed unless the wearer had to be fitted for even larger anklets, ranging up to 35 centimetres in diameter. It is unusual to find Ogba of this size, as smaller pairs were melted down to produce larger ones. This pair of anklets would have been hammered into shape by Igbo metalsmiths, and display finely etched surface decorations.
Estimated Period: First Quarter of 20th Century
France Borel, 'The Splendour of Ethnic Jewelry'
Diameter's : 21 cm and 20.5 cm
Height on the stand: 28 cm
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