Bracelets & Manillas

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  • Antique Fulani Manilla Currency/Slave Bracelet, West Africa (3147YCK) $165

    $165.00
    H: 2.875”  W: 3”  Thick: 0.625” Circum: 8.5” | FREE SHIPPING

    Each African group made its own manillas and were mostly horseshoe or C-shaped.  Ranging from thin delicate shapes to heavy massive pieces, they were embellished with deeply carved designs, stamped or incised geometric forms and other motifs. This delicate Fulani bracelet has cut parallel ridges over most of its surface eliciting the effects of twisted metal pieces. The top is centered with a unique extended flat topped boss/knob.  

     

  • Antique Fulani Manilla Currency/Slave Bracelet, West Africa (3150VKE) $185

    $185.00
    H: 2.75”  W: 2.875”  Thick: 0.5” Circum: 8.75” | FREE SHIPPING

    Each African region fabricated its own variety of manillas that were typically horseshoe or C-shaped some like this with plain open ends. This 18-19th century thick solid Fulani metal bracelet has a smooth rounded outer surface enhanced with deeply etched long triangles, parallel horizontal bands, stamped circles, facets and groves to enhance its unique appearance with flat ends. It is a beautiful bracelet in excellent condition and comes with a wood and metal stand.

     

  • Antique Fulani Manilla Currency/Slave Bracelet, West Africa (3165WHM) $295

    $295.00
    Ht: 3.125”  W: 3.5”  Thickness: 1” | FREE SHIPPING!

    The Fulani people favored many kinds of body ornaments, among the most traditional being bracelets and anklets in a horseshoe shape with flared decorative ends.  This finely-crafted, heavy and massive antique U-shaped example was elaborately designed with intertwined twisted strands and 11 faceted ends incised with circle and diamond designs.

  • Antique Fulani Manilla Currency/Slave Trade Bracelet, West Africa (3146GKE)

    $165.00
    H: 2.75”  W: 3”  Thick: 0.5” Circum: 8” | FREE SHIPPING

    Most manillas are typically horseshoe or round shaped and range from thin delicate shapes to heavy massive pieces. This antique rounded Fulani manilla found in Nigeria has a smooth central surface with etched decorative and geometric designs at the ends and also has multi-lined horizontals, rows of stippled verticals, small etched circles with tiny ones inside, alternating side by side triangles and stacked double circles at its apex. It is in very good condition with minor scratches, cracks and bruising on the inside consistent with its extensive age and use. It comes with a wood and metal stand. The measurement is without the stand.

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  • Antique Kota Manilla Currency/Slave Bracelet, West Africa (3166YLR) $115

    $115.00
    H: 2.875”  W: 3.25”  Thickness: 1.5” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This antique manilla is made by the Kota in the northeastern region of Gabon and Congo. A thin widecircular bracelet with an elaborate five-section design, each section has unique designs with long striations, grooved crosshatches, long triangles and angled designs. In very good condition with minor losses, pitting and scratches, its rough surface inside is consistent with its age and use and comes with a wood and metal stand.

     

  • Antique Senufo Manilla Currency/Slave Trade Bracelet, West Africa (3143WOE)

    $295.00
    H: 3.125”  W: 4”  Thick: 1.125.5” Circum: 9.5” | FREE SHIPPING

    This very elaborate and exquisite Senufo heavy brass alloy manilla with a high copper content is ornately embellished and divided into three sections, each decorated with deeply carved geometric panels within horizontal bars across its surface. Pairs of raised ball-like metal pieces frame each section, and the openings of the C-shaped bracelet end in flat round discs. This remarkable and elegant manilla is in excellent condition and has a fine patina that shows its age, long use, and wear. It comes with a wood and metal stand. The measurement is without the stand.

     

  • Antique Senufo Manilla Currency/Slave Trade Bracelet, West Africa (3144QAS) $185

    $185.00
    H: 2.75”  W: 3.625”  Thick: 1” Circum. 9.375” | FREE SHIPPING

    Metal bracelets known as manillas were locally made and used as currency and a medium of exchange to trade or barter, pay for significant events and to display status or social position. This antique intricate Senufo copper alloy bracelet is decorated with incised parallel ridges covering its 3-sections which have sets of raised bosses and flattened discs at each end. Very heavy bracelets like this were not worn but were were used to store wealth, make purchases, buy or trade for livestock and goods, or as a bridal dowry or for ceremonial purposes such as weddings and burials. In excellent condition with a fine patina and the usual signs of age and use, it also has a wood and metal stand.

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  • Antique Tuareg King Manilla Currency/Slave Bracelet, North/West Africa, (3161YOE) $325

    $325.00
    Ht: 4″  W: 4.6525″  Thick: 1.5″ Circum: 10.5″  |  FREE SHIPPING!

    This 19th century Tuareg “king” manilla bracelet/anklet made from brass, copper and iron in the shape of horseshoe is a magnificent example of African metalwork composed of massive flat finials with 10 facets. Adorned with traditional raised finely detailed etched and hammered cross-hatched designs, diamond shapes, triangles and circles, this fine piece is excellent condition with appropriate signs of age and use and comes with a wood and metal stand.

     

     

  • Antique Tuareg Manilla Currency/Slave Bracelet, Africa (3152XKM) $285

    $285.00
    Bracelet H: 3.875”  W: 3.5”  Thick: 1.125” | FREE SHIPPING

    This 18-19th century manilla from the Tuareg people in Mali and Niger was fashioned using a sand mould in a distinctive horseshoe shape with bulbous rounded faceted ends. The ends are finely decorated with hand hammered diamond shapes enclosing finely incised checkerboard cross-hatching which have faded from age and wear. Individual Tuareg tribes each use unique symbolic imagery and decorative motifs which were passed down for generations. This bracelet is in excellent condition with a fine patina indicating much wear and some minor pitting, scrapes and discolorations consistent with its age. It comes with a wood and metal stand.

     

  • Antique Tuareg Manilla Currency/Slave Bracelet, North and West Africa (3145DHM) $295

    $295.00
    H: 3.125″   W: 3.125″   D: 0.75″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    This elegantly shaped horseshoe-shaped manilla from the Mali and Niger region is decorated with hammered and incised embellishments, designs, and decorative motifs unique to individual Tuareg tribes that have been passed on for generations. It is divided into distinct sections, each with detailed traditional etched linear designs, circular cutouts, diamonds, grooves and terminating in large rounded knot finials incised with layered triangles designs. Bracelets/anklets of this massive size were never worn as jewelry but were used as currency and to represent status. The patina shows its age, long use, and wear.  It comes with a wood and metal stand.

     

     

     

  • Antique Tuareg Manilla Currency/Slave Bracelet, North/ West Africa (3149TKM) $275

    $275.00
    H: 3.375”  W: 3.25”  Thick: 1.25” Circum: 5.75” | FREE SHIPPING

    Tuareg wrist and ankle manillas made from sand moulds were usually shaped in a large C. Recognized for their unique etched designs, symbols, motifs and faceted knob ends, each is a one-of-a kind creation. This  bracelet has massive finials with 12 facets containing detailed hand-etched and hammered designs including raised circles. It is in excellent condition with appropriate signs of age and use and comes with a wood and metal stand.

     

    Sources

    Helen E. Hagan and Lucile Meyers, Tuareg Jewelry: Traditional Patterns and Symbols, Xlibrus Corporation, 2006.

  • Antique Tuareg Manilla Currency/Slave Bracelet, North/West Africa (3156JCE) $195

    $195.00
    H: 3.5”  W: 3.625”  Thick: 0.50” Circum. 10.125” | FREE SHIPPING

    This finely fashioned antique Tuareg manilla bracelet/anklet from Mali or Niger was fashioned using a sand mould to create a slim circular-shaped bracelet with hoof-shaped terminals, hand incised line decorations, and applied faceted rounded beads at the open ends. It is decorated with v-shaped incised striations that continue through the ends with 13 facet ends.  Manillas were important currency for nomadic populations since they were easily portable. It is in excellent condition with a fine patina, some signs of age, and wear and comes with a wood and metal stand.

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