Crafted items in bronze would include statues/figures, vessels in the form of urns, bronze masks, animal sculpture especially the leopard, pendants, pipe bowls, bracelets, rings, manila bangles to name a few. Manilas, as they became known, were used as a slave trade currency.
Usage of bronze items would be varied. Pots in the form of urns would be used to store valuable possessions such as gold dust. Bronze pots at ceremonies played an important part to maintain the spiritual wellbeing of those who owned them. A sign of wealth and
African bronzes have been around for centuries and many of them have retained their crafted beauty so we can view and be inspired by such wonderful tribal pieces.
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