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


Early 20th century. Copper bar, lost wax fusion, curved disc-shaped ends. The piece is 18,3 width x 10,0 high (7.20″ x 3.93″). Gr. 1.000,2 (35.28 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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Weight1000.2 g