Bronze ankle rings - West African dowry?

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Bronze ankle rings - West African dowry?

We bought these heavy BRONZE rings in London approx. 6 year ago (say 2004). They were described as ankle rings given as dowries somewhere in West Africa. That is why I have classified them as money rather than art. We know little and have been able to find out very little about them. We have no idea whether they are modern or old. They may even be recently made for the tourist market.

They are similar but not a pair. Each is about 20cm long 12cm diameter and weigh about 4250gm each. They must be very heavy to wear - and we do not know how they were put on or taken off. Were they worn permanently or only for ceremonials?

It was an item on Radio 4 Woman's Hour that made me think that they may be relevant to the history of women.

I have two more images. If anyone can tell us more, we would be very interested. If moderators decide not to include them perhaps you could tell us where to find out more.

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Probably West Africa

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20cm
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