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Manilla

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Manillas, a traditional currency in Western Africa, were originally metal bracelets or armlets. Later forms were copper, bronze, or brass open rings (penannular or almost ring-like), often horse-shoe shaped with enlarged finials. The term manilla comes from "manella", Spanish for bracelet,...

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Provenance

About 1997, sold by Timothy Hamill, Hamill Gallery of African Art, Boston, MA to Alan Helms; 2009, gift of Alan Helms to the MFA. ((Accession date: December 16, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Alan Helms

African, Western Africa, 20th century

Dimensions

Overall: 7.6 x 8.3 cm (3 x 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5113

Medium or Technique

Brass

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Metalwork