Accession No

Z 12821 A


Bracelet, made of wrought brass, rounded and open, with pattern of spiral and vertical groups of incisions.


Africa; West Africa; Nigeria; [South Nigeria]; Edo State; Okpe



Thomas, Northcote Whitridge [field collector]; Bevan, Anthony Ashley (Prof.) [monetary donor]



Reference Numbers

Z 12821 A; 1502 a-b (Thomas Collection No'; 1st Catalogue); 1339 [written on left side of Thomas Collection label]

Cultural Affliation

Edo; Okpe


Metal; Brass

Local Term


80mm x 10mm x 80mm


Context (Related Documents)
Catalogue card reads: '2 bracelet of wrought brass. / [in different handwriting] A. Heavy, rounded open, with pattern of [pen drawing of a spiral] and vertical groups of incisions.'
Event Date 7/7/2000
Author: maa

Context (CMS Context)
See E 1910.118 and E 1913.3 records for further details about the Thomas Collection from Nigeria.
Event Date 7/5/2001
Author: maa

Description (Physical description)
Rustic brass bracelet, split at one point. Roughly decorated with 12 segments. Two main designs; vertical lines or circular dots on a smooth surface. Made for a small hand, maybe for a child or a sick person, as some bracelets were used for as a curative charm as well. There is no stylistic reason why A and B should be linked together, as they have very different appearances. No provenance indicated, but associated with Okpe on box list and the above object. Information provided by Dr Ohioma Pogoson, Honorary Curator of the Museum of the Institute for African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. November 2012.
Event Date 11/2012
Author: maa

Context (References)
Documented by Roger Blench on 24/2/1983. Z 12821 A has negative number 10/24. Z 12821 B has negative number 10/26. Information taken from Roger Blench’s paper copy of the Northcote W. Thomas database created in the 1990s. Archival reference: AA6/4/18.

Event Date 10/12/2012
Author: Remke van der Velden

Context (Acquisition Details)
Collected by Northcote W. Thomas in Edo State, Okpe town. The inhabitants belong to the Edo ethnic group, and also identify themselves further as Okpe people. The language they speak is also referred to as Okpe. See Blench, R. M., 1995. The Work of N.W. Thomas as Government Anthropologist in Nigeria. The Nigerian Field, 60, pp.29.
Purchased using money from Prof. A.A. Bevan’s subscription to the Museum’s Accessions Fund.

Event Date 4/12/2012
Author: Remke van der Velden

Description (Labels & Markings)
The accession number is marked on the object.
Event Date 17/12/2021
Author: Benjamina Dadzie

Description (Physical description)
Bracelet, made of wrought brass, rounded and open, with pattern of spiral and vertical groups of incisions.
Event Date 17/12/2021
Author: Benjamina Dadzie


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