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Four Bracelets

Simply formed earthenware goblet with marble-like pink luster decoration with white swirls.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • Simply formed earthenware goblet with marble-like pink luster decoration with white swirls.
  • Lead-glazed earthenware flower pot colored pink and blue with floral decoration and luster rim.
  • Earthenware salt or pepper shaker decorated with pink luster with white swirls. Urn-shaped form has a skirted base and perforated cupola toped with a white circular element.
  • Earthenware covered jar with luster white decoration of foliage on a silver background.


Probably 19th century


Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Nigerians have worn ivory jewelry for generations. Ivory was a favored medium for jewelry for both its ease of carving and its supple feel against the skin. These bracelets have turned a warm, honey color through the interaction of the ivory with oils on the skin.


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Four Bracelets


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8.3 × 12.7 × 10.2 cm (3 1/4 × 5 × 4 in.); 8.3 × 10.8 × 9.5 cm (3 1/4 × 4 1/4 × 3 3/4 in.); 7.9 × 10.8 × 8.3 cm (3 1/8 × 4 1/4 × 3 1/4 in.); 7.6 × 8.9 × 7 cm (3 × 3 1/2 × 2 3/4 in.)

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Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

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