Arm ornaments, Bracelets; Masêka



Arm ornaments, Bracelets; Masêka




Physical Description: Group of 40 twisted wire bangles, made of a variey of different metals: 10 plain spiral of iron wire, 1 plain spiral of white metal wire, 4 plain spiral of brass wire, 15 plain spiral of brass wire, 2 triple ropes of plain spiral iron wire, 8 twisted wire spirally bound, of brass and copper wire.
Contextual Description: WT 11:13and it is interesting, with the arm ornaments and the knee ones to find out what the symbolism was and why it was there was something behind that

SL 11:23
you know, copper is said to be good for your blood. That's why people were using it

NS 11:27
Like you say people still say that even in the UK, I don't know if it's true, but people say it.

The above notes are from a transcription by Kathleen Lawther of a discussion between Gase Kediseng, JoAnn McGregor, Nicola Stylianou, Scobie Lekhuthile and Winani Thebele which took place at the Khama III Memorial Museum on the 5th of August 2019. To listen to the full recording please follow the link below.


Making African Connections


Pre 1899




Whole: 64 mm x 64 mm x 3 mm




Collected by Reverend William Charles Willoughby, a Christian missionary, in what was then the Bechuanaland Protectorate (1885-1966). It is now the Republic of Botswana, having gained independence from Britain in 1966.

From 1889-92 Willoughby was pastor at Union Street Church, Brighton (now The Font pub). From 1893 to 1898 he worked for the London Missionary Society in Bechuanaland. He assembled this collection of objects during this period. This was a period of social and technological changes and these objects represent traditional lifestyles and skills, rather than the contemporary lives of the people Willoughby met.

Willoughby's collection was loaned to Brighton Museum in 1899 when he returned to the UK. The loan was converted into a donation in 1936, and accessioned as acquisition R4007.

Some objects were re-numbered with the WA (World Art) numbering system in the 2000s. These numbers have been reverted to the original R4007/... numbers where possible for consistency in 2019.
William Charles Willoughby
Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa


Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa
Cultural Group: Tswana


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