currency unit (currency & wealth); armlet; anklet

Brass arm or ankle ornament with punched and fine incised line designs on the front exterior surface.

Both men and women of high status wore elwene ornaments of this kind on their arms or ankles. Brass was a highly valued material and a person’s ability to accumulate enough brass, through trade or exchange, to make such ornaments was an important indication of a person’s social standing.

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