Department of Antiquities Nigerian Museum CatalogueProvenance
Purchases by the Nigerian Government at the Sale by Messrs. Sotheby & Co. Bond Street, London on April 26th 1954, M. B. E. B. Fagg, assistant surveyor of antiquities, acted for the Nigerian Government at the Sale in negotiations. The property of Mrs. Dorothy Hemingway. (From the collection of Dr. R. Allman, Principal Medical Officer of Southern Nigeria during the Benin Punitive Expedition of 1897). Bronze armlet from Benin. No. 104 in the sales catalogue where it is described as follows: "A BENIN BRACELET of fine quality, the circular ring decorated in high relief with two ------ masks with mud fish springing from the nose and turned up towards the ears, the ring incised with leaves, five inches diameter good patination. "A VERY SIMILAR BRACELET IS ILLUSTRATED IN THE CATALOGUE OF THE PITT RIVERS COLLECTIONS, PLATE 7. FIGS, 39 AND 40". This was bought after the sales by negotiation with the buyer at the sales, Mr. A. Vecht of Kokin 30, Amsterdam, Holland, who paid 46 pounds. Price including commission £31.0s.
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