Delaire Graff Estate, Africa Nova- Bronze Torque

Bronze Torque


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AFRICA NOVA
Yorùbá, Nigeria, 19th century
Bronze
2.6 kg | 39cm H x 25cm D
Hand forged bronze torque collars were used as currency in West Africa prior to the introduction of coinage. Torques were considered a form of "stored wealth". Smaller metal bracelets acquired through trade, would be melted down and recast into large torques. Since they were a clear symbol of wealth and status, torques were also worn around the neck by dignitaries in certain ceremonies.