Benin Bronze Bangle
The intricate artistry of lost-wax cast brass bangles and anklets can be found all over West Africa. This method of casting brass was prevalent by West African sculptors several hundred years prior to the arrival of the Portuguese in the late 1400s. The technique requires a great deal of skill, involving extensive knowledge of both pottery and metalworking. The process begins with beeswax or another material soft enough for carving fine details, after the wax has been carved, layers of clay are added to add strength. Once baked, the wax melts and the clay shell remains and then liquid metal is poured into the clay, which once set, is cracked open revealing the lovely green patina.
In the past these bangles and cuffs were used as a form of currency. The more elaborate the bracelet or the anklets, the more status the wearer had. They were often part of a new bride’s dowry.
Dimensions: 3" x 3" x 7.5" H
Color: Natural Patina
Made of: Bronze / Wood
- Made in: Republic of Benin
- Sold with stand
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Ngala Trading is proud to bring a new offering of one-of-a-kind, limited edition items to the North American marketplace through Ngala Bespoke. An extension of our brand that tells the story of beautiful, African, handmade design, Ngala Bespoke is curated by Creative Director, Lawson Ricketts during his visits to South Africa. Unlike the products in Ngala Trading’s catalogue that are either stocked or made-to-order, “Bespoke” products are one-of-a kind, and cannot be replicated.