Old African Currency – NGELIMA – DR Congo

Copper Alloy. 19th century. Cm. 15,5 width x 10,3 high (6.10 x 4.06 Inches); grams 1.644,0 (58.70 oz.).

Copper ingot curved and modelled in varius piani on the outer part. Comes from region of the Aruvimi lowlands and Lomami. Used for barter, it was sometimes melted down to make other objects.

For similar examples and more informations see:

  • “The Perfect Form”, by Roberto Ballarini, page 328 and page 356;
  • “African Currency”, by Adolfo Bartolomucci, page 108.


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Weight1644 g