Anklets; bracelets



Anklets; bracelets




Body Adornment


Physical Description: Pair of men's bracelets made from animal hair and porcupine quills. The curved quills splay out in spiral like pattern from the centre, which is a circular band of animal skin with some fur still present. These would be worn when dancing.
Contextual Description: 02:29:27 He doesn’t know of this. Transcription by KL of MAC_BB_20190817_RPM3 SL Interview with Tshupo Ntono, Village Elder, Language: Setswana with English translations by SL, 2019
Contextual Description: NS 1:26:56
you were indicating upper arms you think? pair of men's ankle cuffs slash bracelets. So they're not saying whether their worn on the leg or the arm made from animal hair and porcupine quill. Quills splay out in a spiral like pattern from the centre. Worn when dancing…

JM 1:27:30
but porcupine?

SL 1:27:38
... like quills they'd be very very strong and rigid ...

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




Hide; Animal skin; Animal fur; Porcupine Quills




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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