Old African Currency – MUMUYE / CHAMBA – Nigeria

Iron. Early 20th century. Cm. 71,0 high (27.95 Inches); grams 920,7 (32.48 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, sinuous snake shaped ramifications, The structure, worked as a heat-soldered whole, represents a tree.

For similar examples and more informations see:

– “The Perfect Form”, by Roberto Ballarini, page 155;

– “African Currency”, by Adolfo Bartolomucci, page 44.



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Weight2050 g