Amulet in the form of miniature shackles

Created by
Unidentified
Date
17th century-18th century
On View
Concourse 3, C3 053
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 1 x 1 1/8 x 5/16 in. (2.5 x 2.9 x 0.8 cm)
Description
A miniature pair of shackles used as a protective amulet by the Lobi tribe of West Africa in what is now Ghana. The bronze shackles consist of a pair of loops linked to a single bolt. There is a third loop at the top of the amulet. The bronze is covered with a dark patina.
Place made
West Africa, Africa
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Religious and Sacred Objects
Type
amulets
Topic
Africa
Clothing and dress
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2013.46.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5395fc76a-f911-45d5-94ce-eba2e7bb0ac3