Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Amhara or Tigray maker
  • anklet, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Danakil Desert, Ethiopia
  • brass, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 x 9.5 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 4 5/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2999
Label Text

The cuff style anklet is triangular in cross section, and the ends have been flattened and rolled into hollow cylinders. The cuff is decorated with sets of parallel lines, joined with short horiztonal lines. There are four sets in the center. Then two more sets define a trapezoid, then there are another four sets at the end of the cuff. The area within the trapezoid is decorated with three concentric diamond shapes, a circle and four dots in the center. The triangles (negative space created by the trapezoid) near the sets of four parallel lines are decorated with a circle and three dots.

The rolls at the ends of the cuff are decorated with vertical parallel lines, the space between is decorated with short lines oriented in a different direction in each vertical row, and sometimes clustered within the row.