African Currency

Massive Torque Necklace – TEKE Tribe – DR Congo

Massive Torque Necklace – TEKE Tribe – DR Congo

Brass. Early to mid 20th century. Cm. 25,7 high x 22,8 width (10.11 x 8.97 Inches); grams 2.368,0 (83.52 oz.). The Teke people are a Bantu Central African ethnic group. The name of the tribe shows what the occupation of the tribe was: trading. The word teke means ‘to buy’. The economy of the Teke […]

4 African Currency – Child Size – West Africa

4 African Currency – Child Size – West Africa

Early to mid 20th century. n. 1 – Tuareg. Bronze, grams 110,8. Outer diameter cm. 7,0; inner diameter cm. 5,2. n. 2 – Tuareg. Brass, grams 141,7. Outer diameter cm. 7,0; inner diameter cm. 5,0. n. 3 – Ashanti. Bronze, grams 111,4. Outer diameter cm. 6,5; inner diameter cm. 4,5. n. 4 – Fulani-Peul. Bronze, grams 111,4. Outer diameter […]

African Currency – KIRDI – Nigeria / Northen Cameroon

African Currency – KIRDI – Nigeria / Northen Cameroon

Early 20th century. Cm. 59,0 high x 10,2 width (23.22 x 4.01 Inches); gr. 391,3 (13.80 oz.). Wrought iron currency composed of a quadrangular iron base with one extremity in the shape of a spoon with two lateral spirals. For similar examples and more informations see “African Currency”, by Adolfo Bartolomucci, pages 64

African Currency – MBOLE, MONGO, JONGA, NKUTSHU – DR Congo

African Currency – MBOLE, MONGO, JONGA, NKUTSHU – DR Congo

  The piece is cm. 16,5 width x cm. 16,0 high (6.49″ x 6.29″). Gr. 1.268,0 (44.72 oz.). Ornamental currency-anklet used by both the Mbole men and women. This copper ring, spherical and lightly flattened, had a notable circulationamong the ethnic groups of central Congo. The Jonga groups used it for matrimonial transactions. For similar […]

Old Fulani Anklet – Mali / Niger

Old Fulani Anklet – Mali / Niger

Early 20th century. Bronze grams 521,8 (12.32 oz.). Cm. 11,5 width x cm. 10,0 high x cm. 6,0 depth (4.52″ x 3.93″ x 2.36″). Inner diameter cm. 8,0 (3.14″). Fulani, also called Peul or Fulbe , are scattered throughout many parts of West Africa, from Lake Chad, in the east, to the Atlantic coast. The […]

Djerma Bracelet – African Currency – Niger

Djerma Bracelet – African Currency – Niger

19th century. Bronze. Cm. 7,6 high x cm. 9,0 width (2.99″ x 3.54″). Gr. 565,3 (19.94 oz.). The Djerma live in the arid lands of the Sahel. Many live in the Niger River valley and exploit the river for irrigation. They grow millet, sorghum, rice, corn (maize), and tobacco and raise cotton and peanuts (groundnuts) as cash crops. […]

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