The oba and chiefs of Benin wear pairs of ornate bracelets at palace festivals. Long and cylindrical, these cufflike ornaments may be made of either ivory or brass and display imagery reflecting the exalted status of their bearers. This bracelet is a pair with 1991.17.76.
[Sir Jacob Epstein, London]; (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 29, 1980, no. 225); Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, New York, 1980–1991