Project Description

Dan bronze bracelets, West Africa

Two Dan tribe bracelets made of African bronze, age approx. half to 2nd half of 20th century. From Ivory Coast. These popular bracelets have small bronze balls inside the bells that rattle.

The Dan people originated in a northern section of western Sudan, what is now part of Mali and Guinea. As early as the 8th century, they began migrating towards the Ivory Coast, and eventually Liberia. Stories of “primitive” mountain people and warfare have kept new settlers and invaders at bay. The area in which the Dan occupy is acutely remote and isolated. The landscape has made for difficult passage to the Christian missionaries, allowing the majority of Dan to continue practicing their traditional animist beliefs.


Size (approx): 12 x 8,5 cm (4,72 x 3,35 inches)
Width: 27 mm (1,06 inches)
Inner Diameter: 5,5 cm (2,17 inches)
Back gap: 2 and 2,5 cm (0,79 and 0,98 inches)

Weight: 238,7 gr


“Bracelets ethniques d’afrique, d’Asie d’Océanie et d’Amérique”, van Cutsem, Anne, Skira, 2002
“La Culture matérialisée des ethnie de la région de la Volta”, Glar, Wilfried, Autoedition, 2017
“Les Arts des métaux en Afrique noire”, Meyer, Laure, Sepia, 1997


Price: 35,00 €