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Tikar Bangle

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Cameroon

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PROVENANCE

This beaded bangle was made by the Tikar, a blanket term for several related ethnic groups in Cameroon. Originally from Sudan, the Tikar migrated to and ruled Cameroon until the early 19th century. During the peak of their reign, the Tikar were famous for their arts - beading, iron work, and sculpture in particular. In West Africa, beads have historically been used to show status and were believed to have protective properties. In addition to jewelry, Tikar bangles served as a form of currency, sometimes used to pay a dowry.