Mbole Anklet


A massive wooden anklet from Congo, H 37cm and 25cm wide

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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 as it was said to make them look like slaves. The large anklets are now valued only as a currency.

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