Antique African Bronze Currency Anklet On Custom Iron Stand
Mbole Anklets have become a staple of modern, minimal interior design, and it's clear to see why. When fitted with an iron pedestal, they appear to float – outwards from walls, upwards from shelves or displays, or as a feature on a table setting. They add depth and an elegant, curved line to otherwise flat surfaces. They initiate light plays and intriguing shadows. In the essence of sculptors creating objects in near history that were both beautiful and functional, Mbole anklets have transcended their initial use and been elevated to a status near high art.
The Mbole ethnic group resides in the southeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The hammered bronze anklets were used for major transactions, even considered as a dowry and worn around the lower leg on both men and women. They could also be used to signify major events like the birth of a child, a marriage, or a death. The signature design became a cultural emblem over time – the larger the anklet, the more important the transaction.
This particular object has a more traditional bronze patina, and at 18.5" in height, is on the larger side for these objects - likely made for and worn by an important family. The more robust coloring would pair well with a light or dark wood table, or a very light or very dark metal shelf. It is 9.5" wide and 5" deep - ideal for display on table top, end table or shelving, and can work in any room within the home.