The arm cuff is part of the cultural and artistic heritage of the presumably 800-year-old Kingdom of Benin. The kingdom, which is located in what is now southwestern Nigeria, was conquered by the British in 1897 and the courtly works of art came to Europe as spoils of war. Bronze arm cuffs were worn by the Oba himself and the dignitaries of the court on ceremonial and solemn occasions. The ornamental design of the cuff consists of two braided ribbon motifs, which are different in size and shape and which alternate. At the upper and lower end of the cuff there is an ornamental frame made of small semicircles.