Antique Huge African Currency – Coilled Manilla – YORUBA – Nigeria

Early 20° century. Diameter cm. 30,5 (12.01″). kg 3,43 (7.56 lb)

These heavy, octangular bronze collar were worn by women and also used as currency by other near-by ethnic groups. Their shape originates from manillas that the Portuguese exported to this area of Africa in the 16° century.

For a similar example see:

– “The Perfect Form”, by Roberto Ballarini, page 137.
– “African Currency”, by Adolfo Bartolomucci, page 41.


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Weight3430 g