Research Notes: Examined by Benin specialist Barbara Blackmun in July 1991. This piece is unique in her experience. [LMM 7 1991 ?; JC 9 7 2000]
The Dumas-Egerton Collection, of which this is part, was examined by Hermione Waterfield of Christie's in May 1984; see 'Part of the Nigerian Art Collected by Admiral Sir George Le Cler[c] Egerton on the Benin Expedition of 1897 on Deposit at Maidstone Museum' (copy in RDF). The entry for this object reads: 'A Benin armlet conceived as alternating copper and bronze spirals engraved with a central zigzag flanked by chevrons divided by a ridge, each end terminating in a crocodile head.' [JC 23 1 2002]
Archaological / Ethnographic
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Related collection: Field diary and photocopy of relevant sections of the collector's personal diary in PRM MS collections.