Antique African Currency – MONGO, JONGA, NKUTSHU – DR Congo
Early 20th century. Copper bar, lost wax fusion, curved disc-shaped ends. The piece is 18,7 width x 9,0 high (7.36″ x 3.54″). Gr. 846,0 (29.84 oz.).
The original name, Ouganda, derives from Jonga group, famous for its smiths.
The Jonga, living in the upper course of the River Tshuapa, considered bronze a prestigius metal and the possession of these currencies represented the power to get women.
For similar examples and more informations see:
– “The Perfect Form”, by Roberto Ballarini, page 294;
– “African Currency”, by Adolfo Bartolomucci, page 103.
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