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Bracelet made of beads, Tanzania, Africa, 1800–1900

This East African bracelet is for wearing on the wrist or arm. It was made by the Nyamwezi people, who are said to have settled in what is now Tanzania in the 1600s. Bracelets have been popular in many cultures, sometimes they are flexible like this one made from glass beads, or they can be more rigid like bangles. A bracelet is one of the simplest pieces of jewellery – it can be made from plant fibre or animal hide, and can be simply tied and rolled up the arm.

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