This two-part bronze bracelet would have been cast using the lost wax technique and later polished and joined using a set of clasps and pins. The mythical creature featured, known as a ‘Singa' is constituted in part by an elephant, a snake and a lizard and was believed to protect the wearer and his home. The small receptacle in front of the lizard’s mouth would have contained organic offerings or other metals. Such bracelets symbolised the chief’s prosperity and whilst they usually adorned his right wrist, a wealthier chief might display one on each arm.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2015