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Primitive coins in African art have always fascinated many renowned specialists. The large size of these objects is surprising as it seems that they can hardly be transported. In addition to money, they can be used as ornaments in the form of bracelets, rings, necklaces.


Kirdi currencies
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The Kirdi , or "pagans", so named by the Islamized peoples, are established in the far north of Cameroon, on the border from Nigeria.
They include the Matakam, Kapsiki, Margui, Mofou, Massa, Toupouri, Fali, Namchi, Bata, Do ayo... They live from agriculture, fishing and animal husbandry. They live in small independent hamlets. Renowned for their terracotta statuettes reminiscent of sao works, they are also known for small leather and metal objects, bead-stitched panties and also in iron.
In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cowries, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive currencies were at the time part of the dowry for most Bantu tribes, were used during commercial and ...


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Sword Sengele
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Sword Sengele

br>Blade with contours curved to a horizontal end, carrying an elegantly worked handle. The center of the blade is covered with a ribbed band. Grainy oxidized patina.
The Mongo group living in northwestern Congo, is famous for its costumes, its weapons, and its metal jewelry and not for its almost non-existent statuary. The Sengele (or Basengele, sing. Musengele), related to the Boma, are a Bantu-speaking Mongo population, established in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, west of Lake Mai- Ndombe. In Africa, before the colonial period, transactions were made using cowries, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive currencies were used during commercial and social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also come ...


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Currency/Glaive Chamba
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Ex-French African art collection.
Two spirals on either side of a point form the handle of this weapon of Chamba origin, in Nigeria, with a triangular blade. Grainy oxidized patina.
Installed since the 17th century on the south bank of the Benue in Nigeria, the Chamba have resisted the attempts of conquest by the Fulani, nomads who have settled in large numbers in northern Nigeria. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cowries, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive currencies were used during commercial and social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also constitute objects of parade or throwing weapons. The variety of these metallic forms is wide, and these ...


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Kirdi currency
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The Kirdi , or "pagans", so named by the Islamized peoples, are established in the far north of Cameroon, on the border with Nigeria.
They include the Matakam, Kapsiki, Margui, Mofou, Massa, Toupouri, Fali, Namchi, Bata, Do ayo... They live from agriculture, fishing and animal husbandry. They live in small independent hamlets. Renowned for their terracotta statuettes reminiscent of sao works, they are also known for small leather and metal objects, pearl-stitched panties and also iron.
In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cowries, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive currencies were at the time part of the dowry for most Bantu tribes, were used during commercial ...


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Currency Mambila
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This type of object, called Suu or even So, was used as a means of payment (dowry for example) in the north-eastern part of Nigeria, and in certain groups in western Cameroon.
Grainy rusty patina.
Population of Bantu origin established in southeastern Nigeria, but also in northwestern border Cameroon, near the Mfunte (or Wuli) of the Grasslands, the Mambila ("men" in Fulani), who derive their subsistence from agriculture and livestock, produced statues embodying the ancestors, associated with fertility and prosperity, and mask-helms for the ceremonies closing the sowing season. The cult objects of the Mambila, used by the numerous and powerful initiatory associations, also participated in therapeutic rituals and contributed to the protection against witchcraft supposed to ...


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Yela knife
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Yela knife

Old Yela or Tetela knife, whose handle incised with discreet decorative hatching is made of wood.
Linear engravings line the contours of the blade.

Lack and desication cracks.
The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole and the Yela are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged men, named ofika. Scattered throughout the Kasai basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of incessant conflicts with their neighbours. Their very diversified sculpture is marked by the influence of the groups living in contact with them: in the North, their art was subjected to the influence of the populations of the forest such as the Mongo, in the North-West that of the Nkutschu , and to the west ...


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Saka Sword
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Saka Sword

This blade is extended by a pommel lined with copper. Oxidized metal, patina of use.

The Mongo group living in the northwest Congo, is famous for its costumes, its weapons, and its metal jewelry and not for its almost non-existent statuary. The Konda who used this type of short sword form one of the tribes of the group.
In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cowries, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive currencies were used during commercial and social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also come from objects of parade or throwing weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued against iron bars called barriferri. In 1556 in Djenné Jean-Léon the African ...


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Ngombe Currency
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Ex-French African art collection.
In the north-west of Zaire, south of Oubangui, live the 6000 Moswea-Ngombe of Bantu language. Their neighbours are the Ngbandi and the Ngbaka and various groups banda . They knew no god but expected favors from their ancestors, including health and prosperity. Their jet knives used for hunting were used as coins. This faucille knife with a handle wrapped in twisted copper wire has a blade coated with a chipped oxidized patina. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cauris, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, including iron in particular. These primitive currencies were used in trade, social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also constitute objects of parade or ...


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Currency Ngata Ikakalaka
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Wangata Currency

This metal object, somewhat reminiscent of a sword, served as currency among the Ngata or Wangata of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Ngata also had, at the beginning of the 20th century, copper bracelets which were used as currency in the Mongo groups.
In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were carried out using cowries, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive currencies were used during commercial and social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also constitute parade objects or throwing weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued against iron bars called barriferri. The king generally controlled the production or delivery of the kingdom's currency. The ...


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Monnaie Croisette Handa du Katanga
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African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Katanga Currency

The first coins Handa , also named Lukanu, or copper crucifixes, Croisettes of Katanga, or cross of Saint Andrew , appear in the 13th century in tombs throughout the Shaba region, at the same time as the cainis and p glass paste, also used as a means of payment. Although associated with funeral rituals, during the 18th and 19th centuries, they were the tax that copper-producing regions owed to the Lunda Empire, a territory covering Katanga, northern Zambia and eastern Angola. Arab merchants also used it in trade routes stretching from Kenya to eastern Angola. Hungarian ethnologist Torday found that 3 to 5 of these crucifixes ranging from 0.275 to 2 kg were needed to acquire a male slave and 5 to 10 for a woman. They were used until the 1920s when they were used to obtain poultry, fabrics, ...

Katanga Handa Croisette
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The first coins Handa , also named Lukanu, or copper crucifixes, The Katanga , or cross of Saint Andrew , appear in the 13th century in tombs throughout the Shaba region, at the same time as the cainis and p glass paste, also used as a means of payment. Although associated with funeral rituals, during the 18th and 19th centuries, they were the tax that copper-producing regions owed to the Lunda Empire, a territory covering Katanga, northern Zambia and eastern Angola. Arab merchants also used it in trade routes stretching from Kenya to eastern Angola. Hungarian ethnologist Torday found that 3 to 5 of these crucifixes ranging from 0.275 to 2 kg were needed to acquire a male slave and 5 to 10 for a woman.
They were used until the 1920s when they were used to obtain poultry, cloths, ...


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Ngombe execution knife
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Among African weapons, execution knives are also parade weapons, such as this ngulu with a handle extended with copper ribbons. The blade bears fine decorative incisions in its center.
In northwestern Zaire, south of the Ubangi,live the 6000 Moswea-Ngombe of Bantu language. Their neighbors are the Ngbandi and the Ngbaka and various banda groups. They knew no god but expected favors from their ancestors, among them health and prosperity. Their throwing knives used for hunting were used as currency.  For info


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Currency croisette of Katanga
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African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Luba Currency

The first Handa coins, also known as Lukanu , or copper crosses, Katanga crosses , or St. Andrew's crosses , appeared in tombs throughout the Shaba region in the 13th century, at the same time as cowrie shells and glass paste beads, which were also used as a means of payment. Although associated with funerary rituals, during the 18th and 19th centuries they were the tax owed by copper-producing areas to the Lunda empire, a territory covering Katanga, northern Zambia and eastern Angola. Arab traders also used them in trade routes from Kenya to eastern Angola. The Hungarian ethnologist Torday found that among the Tetela, 3 to 5 of these braces ranging from 0.275 to 2 kg were needed to acquire a male slave and 5 to 10 for a female. They were used until the 1920's when they were used to buy ...

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Primitive African Currency / Serpe Matakam
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Ex-Italian African art collection.
The Matakam also called Mafa are a population of Central Africa, mainly present in the far north of Cameroon, also in Nigeria.They are known to have been the first in contact with German settlers. Monotheists, they believe a "god of humans" named Jigilé whose spelling can vary. Nevertheless, they remain animistic and therefore make sure to attract and retain the benevolence of the forces of nature. The ancestors being the mediators between the world of the living and Jigilé, the Matakam practice the cult of ancestors. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cauris, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, including iron in particular. These primitive currencies were used in trade, ...

Ngombe execution knife
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Ngombe Currency

Execution knives are also parade weapons, such as this ngulu with an elaborate handle, wrapped in copper ribbons and decorated with tapestry nails.
In northwestern Zaire, south of the Ubangi,live the 6000 Moswea-Ngombe of Bantu language. Their neighbors are the Ngbandi and the Ngbaka and various banda groups. They knew no god but expected favors from their ancestors, among them health and prosperity. Their throwing knives used for hunting were used as currency. For info: For info


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Kongo arrowhead coin
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Congo Currency

The blade of the sword, weapon of prestige then currency of transaction, surmounted a wooden handle. Oxidized patina. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made with cowrie shells, beads, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive currencies were used for commercial and social exchanges, particularly for dowries, but could also be used as parade objects or throwing weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued in relation to iron bars called barriferri. The king usually controlled the production or delivery of the kingdom's currency. The variety of these metal forms is wide, and they sometimes take the form of particularly aesthetic non-figurative sculptures.


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Kirdi Sickle Currency
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African art and throwing weapons
The Matakam also called Mafa, from the group called Kirdi or "pagans" by the Islamicized peoples,are a population of Central Africa, mostly present in the far north of Cameroon, also in Nigeria. The Kirdi include the Matakam, Kapsiki, Margui, Mofou, Massa, Toupouri, Fali, Namchi, Bata, Do ayo... The Matakam are known to have been the first to come into contact with German settlers. Before the colonial period, transactions were made with cowrie shells, beads, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive currencies were used for commercial and social exchanges, particularly for dowries, but could also be used as parade objects or throwing weapons. The variety of these metallic forms is wide, and they sometimes take the form ...


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Primitive Mint Mumuye, Chamba
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Tribal art collection for sale by Jan Putteneers.
The tribal coins made of black iron in African art.
This primitive African coin is made up of two ringed iron rods forming a string-like arc. The arc extends from serpentiform elements with a soaring end. This item had currency value during the pre-colonial period in Nigeria. ( " The Perfect Form R. Ballarini, p.154)
Patina visibly old, light brown speckled with ochre.
From all times, people have used barter to exchange goods. Then came the first system of real currency, the small shells-porcelain called cauris. The African continent is particularly rich in so-called 'primitive' currencies. These valuable coins are made of black iron, a particularly sought-after metal, others are made of copper, more valuable than ...


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Small currency Songye Kabengele
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African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > African currency

In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cauris, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, including iron in particular. These primitive currencies were used in trade, social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also come from parade objects or throw weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued against iron bars named barriferri . In 1556 in Djenné Jean-Léon the African observed that the people used iron to pay " things of little value". The king generally controlled the production or delivery of the kingdom's currency. The variety of these metallic forms is wide, and these sometimes take on the appearance of particularly aesthetic non-figurative sculpture. This miniature hoe named Kabengele (pl. Tubengele) was used ...

Primitive currency Idoma
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This primitive African currency takes the form of a flared blade under which volute arms emerge. The surface is hammered with notches forming a regular relief. The lower base, at the tip, could be recorded in the ground. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cauris, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, including iron in particular. These primitive currencies were used in trade, social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also constitute objects of parade or throw weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were assessed against iron bars called barriferri. The king generally controlled the production or delivery of the kingdom's currency. The variety of these metallic forms is wide, and these sometimes take on the ...


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Primitive Mint Kirdi Matakam
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African art and jet weapons
The Matakam also called Mafa, from the group named Kirdi or "païens" by the Islamic peoples, are a population of Central Africa, mainly present in the far north of Cameroon, also in Nigeria. The Kirdi include the Matakam, Kapsiki, Margui, Mofou, Massa, Toupouri, Fali, Namchi, Bata, Do ayo... They live on agriculture, fishing and livestock. The Matakam are known to have been the first in contact with German settlers. Monotheists, they believe a "god of humans" named Jigilé whose spelling can vary. Nevertheless, they remain animistic and therefore make sure to attract and retain the benevolence of the forces of nature. The ancestors being the mediators between the world of the living and Jigilé, the Matakam practice the cult of ancestors. In Africa, before ...





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