Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of forearm bands
  • unknown Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba maker
  • pair of forearm bands, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • aluminum, incising
  • Object Height/Diameter: each 23 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: each 9 1/16 x 4 5/16 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3035.a,b

The pair of silvertone tubes were meant to cover the forearms. They have a longitudinal slit to allow them some flexibility. The tubes each taper over the length, but both ends flare. The decorated panel is the same for each, divided into vertical stripes, each stripe having its own incised design.The stripes near the opening have three rectangles, two of which are striped with horizontal lines. The adjacent stripes have two panels of horizontal stripes separated by half circles filled with crosshatching. The remaining stripe has two squares divided into right triangles by an asterisk-like design, the alternating triangles are crosshatched. The top and bottom of the stripe have a half circle filled by crosshatching.