Antique African Brass
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Mauritanian "Eye Pencil"
Traditionally used by Mauritanian ladies to apply their make-up
( ATB 217-16 & 19 )
A superb antique "pencil" and leather pouch containing African "mascara" - both purchased from their lady owner in Chinguetti - Northern Mauritania ( ATB 217-17 )

The "mascara" is a jet black fine powder, very effective when used by the light skinned Mauritanian ladies and very powerful stuff indeed .. having just had to wash it off my fingers, the scanner, my workplace and everything else it and my fingers came in contact with, whilst scanning the pouch !!
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Bells
Most likely to have been made by the Kirdi or other non-Islamic people of the  Mandara mountains bordering Nigeria and Cameroon .. using the lost-wax casting process. See page 50 of Collectible Beads by Robert K Liu, the source of these details, for a superb photograph and more information on these beautiful items.
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Hair Decoration Tubes
Traditionally worn by the young ladies of the nomadic Wodaabe tribe .. who live in central Niger, parts of Nigeria and Cameroon. Once a year, at the height of the rainy season, up to three thousand Wodaabe gather to celebrate the Geerewol festival, a  chance to catch up on the rest of their tribe's lives and pursue their loves. If you are lucky enough to own a copy of Angela Fisher's Africa Adorned .. on page 158, you will see a young Wodaabe girl with her long plaits of hair wrapped in these brass tubes. This signifies that she is considered particularly beautiful and will partake in judging the performance of the young men dancing at the Geerewol ceremony.
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This and a myriad of further fascinating facts can be found in Angela's book, which  we gratefully acknowledge to be the source of the above information.

57 x 6 mm
Brass
ATB 217-16   18

69 x 7 mm Pouch 17 x 17 mm
Brass pencil .. leather pouch
ATB 217-17   48

83 x 6 mm
Centrally hinged - steel and copper
ATB 217-19   14


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24 ins / 61 cm necklace from Cameroon of early Bronze
10 x 9 mm Bicones and a
23 x 35 mm Bell
ATB 217-20   58   Sold

43 x 48 mm
ATB 217 s  20  Sold

23 x 34 mm
ATB 217 t  14  Sold

15 x 24 mm
ATB 217 v  8  Sold

Ancient Bronze 6 available
10 x 20 mm ATB 217 x  8

Rare and ancient traditional
Lobi Female figurine in Bronze from Burkina Faso.

Height 80 mm - Width 38 mm Weight 78 grams

AFR 202-05   160

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42 x 17 mm
ATB 217 e  16

51 x 15 mm
ATB 217 f  22  Sold

48 x 14 mm
ATB 217 h  20   Sold

45 x 15 mm
ATB 217  i 14

41 x 17 mm
ATB 217 j  18

40 x 16 mm
ATB 217 k  18

39 x 15 mm
ATB 217 L   18   Sold

38 x 15 mm
ATB 217  m 18

40 x 13 mm small hole in side
ATB 217 n  8  Sold

34 x 14 mm
ATB 217 p  12

38 x 15 mm
ATB 217 q  20

50 x 17 > 9 mm
ATB 217 r  28  Sold

39 x 20 mm
ATB 217-01   18   Sold

50 x 15 mm
ATB 217-02   20  Sold

37 x 17 mm
ATB 217-03   20

41 x 16 mm Early
ATB 217-04   16

36 x 17 mm
ATB 217-05   18

36 x 15 mm
ATB 217-06   14

36 x 15 mm Ancient
ATB 217-07   26

37 x 14 mm
ATB 217-08   14

37 x 14 mm
ATB 217-09   18

31 x 17 mm
ATB 217-10   20  Sold

36 x 15 mm
ATB 217-11   16

34 x 13 mm
ATB 217-12   18

31 x 13 mm
ATB 217-13   16

32 x 14 mm
ATB 217-14   14

27 x 14 mm
ATB 217-15   16  Sold

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