Accession No

Z 12890


Atakpala. Bracelet of brass and copper, open, with a design formed by the twisting of the brass and copper material.


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



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



Reference Numbers

Z 12890; 1570 (Thomas Collection Number -1st catalogue); 1418 [written on left side of Thomas Collection label]

Cultural Affliation

Edo; Okpe


Metal; Brass; Copper

Local Term




Description (Physical description)
Bracelet of brass and copper, open (arakpala)
Event Date 7/9/2000
Author: maa

Description (Labels & Markings)
Thomas label notes: "Atakpala" . Traces of old bronze disease present.
Event Date 21/5/2001
Author: Benjamina Dadzie

Context (References)
'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)
Bracelet of brass and copper. The combination of the materials gives a striking design as if two strands were of different colours were twisted together. No decorations. Sides are flat rather than curved. One segment of brass near the slit has fallen off at some stage. 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 12890 has negative number 10/27. 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


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