Djenné, southwestern Mali, 1200-1600 AD
Height : 15,5 cm
Provenance : Private collection, Brussels
Bibliography : "KunstKammer"
(M. Doustar, 2017), n°70
This massive bracelet cast in two sections originates from the Djenné culture that flourished in the Inland Niger Delta, in present-day southwestern Mali. The Town of Djenné was founded between 800 and 1250 AD and grew to become a significant trans-Saharan trading center. By the fourteenth century, gold, kola, and slaves from the Southern savanna, salt and manuscripts from the Sahara, and the staple foods of the Inland Niger Delta were bartered here in an extensive web of trade reaching as far as northern Africa and Europe. By the sixteenth century, Djenné had become one of the foremost market centers on the African continent. Most of the works discovered on the site of ancient Djenné date between the 12th and 16th centuries; they were found during the annual inundation of the Niger Delta when the water uncovers objects from the overlaying soil.
Price : 3.500 euros