Fulani people, Mali or Niger
19th to early 20th Century
This superb women's bronze anklet comes from the Fulani people of northern Mali or Niger.
Traditionally the Fulani are transhumant herders, and they remain so for the most part, even if gradually a certain number of them have become sedentary, both because of the constraints imposed on them by the progress of desertification in certain regions.
Several times in history, the Fulani have established empires, in particular in the 19th century the Fulani Empire of the Macina in Mali (1818-1862) of Sékou Amadou Barryi, then Amadou Sekou Amaadou, who conquered Timbuktu.
The vast majority of them are Muslim and historically they have played an important role in the breakthrough of Islam in West Africa.
Fulani artists are primarily known for decorated gourds, textiles, hairstyles and personal adornments. Fulani art commonly features geometric shapes as motifs and meticulous details. Important collections of Fulani art appear at the Fowler Museum at UCLA and the Musée de Bamako in Mali.
This superb and heavy anklet is entirely covered in incisions and traditional motifs, it comes from an old French estate and comes on a metal stand.
H: 13/11 cm (5 1/4 by 4 3/4 inches)
W: 1725 grams
Price : 700 Euros enquiry