William The Hippopotamus Coil Bracelet Vintage African Trade Beads Czech Glass

One of the most beloved (and most-visited) objects in the magnificent Egyptian Wing of New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art is a little blue pottery hippopotamus. Made of turquoise-blue faience, or ceramic, he dates from about 1900 B.C. He is the official mascot of the Metropolitan Museum, and he has been called William by the staff for as long as anyone can remember.

This coil bracelet pays tribute to William's enduring charm, and is my winter version of the anklet which has been very popular with my customers since 1999. This one is made with Czech art glass, Chinese jet crystal and vintage African trade beads, in the same colors as the adorable little hippo statue. I have a matching anklet in my store as well.

The silver-plated hippopotamus charm is double sided (and for those who have asked, it does not contain the lotus tracery found on the original William, shown in the last scan). The faceted turquoise-color and jet-color Czech art glass beads are 10 and 6mm., the glittering Chinese jet crystal are 6mm. rondelles. The snakelike texture of the bracelet comes from the vintage African trade beads that fit into each other exactly. These beads are old, approximately 50 years, and becoming increasingly difficult to find. They were originally made to replicate the actual snake vertebrae beads used in West Africa.

The bracelet is strung on steel memory wire, which is very comfortable on the wrist and will retain its coil shape indefinitely (unless you deliberately bend it out of its shape). It curves around the average size wrist about 3 times in the front, 2 in the back. This is a very comfortable bracelet that will fit all sizes of wrists. The other charm is a silver plated lotus, the most sacred and beloved flower of ancient Egypt.

This is a one-of-a-kind bracelet. I am not accepting offers on it because these vintage African trade beads are irreplaceable now.

Several of my ladies have written to tell me that they sometimes heard a delighted cry of "Look, that's William the Hippopotamus!" when wearing their anklets. The Egyptian potter who created him may be smiling somewhere....

All metals are sterling silver-filled, silver-plated and stainless steel.

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Item ID: n/a1364

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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: turquoise/black/silver, Size: n/a

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