Amulet in the form of miniature shackles

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Created by
Unidentified
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)
Type
amulets
Place made
West Africa, Africa
Date
17th century-18th century
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.
Topic
African American
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
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Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Religious and Sacred Objects
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture