Mar 26, 2015 - Sale 2377

Sale 2377 - Lot 11

Price Realized: $ 10,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
RESTRAINTS AND PUNISHMENTS. Wrought iron slave collar with lock. Two pieces of semi-circular iron, each approximately 9 inches long; joined together by a fixed "hook-in-eye." To each end of the two pieces is another open hook-in-eye into which is fixed a primitive but effective tubular locking mechanism. The two semi-circles bear repeated crescent moon designs. Smooth old patina consistent with age. Central or West Africa, late 18th to mid nineteenth century

Additional Details

The wide, outer edge of each of the two pieces of the collar bear small overlapping semi-circular designs. These designs are similar to patterns we have observed on other such collars. It is possible that these designs might have had some specific symbolic meaning to a blacksmith of African descent. This is one of three such collars that we have observed; all have had similar incising on them. Designs like these can be seen in Faik-Nzuji's Tracing Memory: A Glossary of Graphic Signs and Symbols in African Art and Culture (Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1996).