African Currency

African Currency – KUL – Sara Tribe – Chad

African Currency – KUL – Sara Tribe – Chad

Iron. Mid 20th century. Cm. 44,3 high x 12,7 width (17.44 x 5.00 Inches); grams 89,6 (3.16 oz.). Its shape is reminiscent of some stylized human figures seen in profile. It comes from ethnic groups that live along the course of the River Logane. Rivellain said that the currency Kul were used in various payments […]

Massive Anklet – African Currency – Tuareg, Mali / Niger

Massive Anklet – African Currency – Tuareg, Mali / Niger

Bronze. Early to mid 20th century. Cm. 10,5 high x 13,0 width (4.13 x 5.12 Inches); grams 1.107,0 (39.5 oz.). Heavy anklet, U-shaped body and massive terminals faceted with tipical geometric motifs. Much used by Tuareg tribes of Mali and Niger. Every anklet could be worn; price was established on basis of quality and weight. […]

African Currency – MUMUYE / CHAMBA – Nigeria

African Currency – MUMUYE / CHAMBA – Nigeria

Iron. Early 20th century. Cm. 55,0 high x 17,0 width (21.65 x 6.69 Inches); grams 1.356,0 (47.83 oz.). The Mumuye and the Chamba are small ethnic groups on the borders of eastern Nigeria. This currency is made of an iron staff from which parts a sheaf of single, sinuos snake shaped ramifications, The structure, worked […]

African Currency – IDOMA – Nigeria

African Currency – IDOMA – Nigeria

Iron. Early 20th century. Cm. 80,3 high x 18,8 width (31.61 x 7.40 Inches); gr. 613,3 (21.63 oz.). The surface of the iron is scratch-worked with the characteristic undulations of the metal on the back side. This currency was wide-spread in the southern part of the Benné river valley. For similar examples and more informations […]

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 Please share this […]

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 […]

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