Anklet, Congo

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The Mbole, are a small group of about 150,000 people in Southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), and made ankle currency bracelets of copper which were used for major transactions. Anklets of great weight were forged onto women's legs to be worn to the grave unless they were removed by blacksmiths. These anklets were part of a woman's dowry and symbols of status. In the mid-twentieth century the government forbade women from wearing these anklets because it was thought to make them look like slaves. The large anklets are now valued only as currency.

Size : On stand 5"W x 12"H x 5"D  

*Artisan crafted and due to it's handmade nature no two alike. Hand-Hammered Copper/Bronze Anklet with black wooden base.