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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.


Ga anda iron
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Ga'anda iron

In the history of African art, these iron blades were used as currency but also for offerings, wedding dowries and of course for major festive and ceremonial occasions.
Professed in multiple abstract forms , these metal sculptures offer a most aesthetic appearance. Height on base: 89 cm. The Ga'anda, located on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon, are known for their terracotta intended for funeral rites.

"Before the colonial era, payments in Africa were never made using coins. Transactions were made using products considered valuable because they were rare, useful, or desirable: livestock, pieces of fabric, beads, cowrie shells, salt, kola nuts, and especially metals....But it was iron above all that attracted attention. It quickly became the unit of measurement in ...


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Cameroon currency
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Cameroon currency

The Matakam also called Mafa form a population of Central Africa, especially present in the extreme north of Cameroon, also in 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.


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Zande Knife
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Zande Knife

This type of throwing knives used for hunting were also used as currencies. Elegant and particularly decorative, these flat and sinuous sickle knives could be worn on the shoulder during ceremonies. The blade is embellished with regularly hammered streaks on the surface. The handle, bare, extends into a point.
In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cowrie shells, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, including iron in particular. These primitive currencies were used during commercial and social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also constitute objects of display or throwing weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued against iron bars called barriferri. In 1556 in Djenné Jean-Léon l'Africain ...


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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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Nkanu currency
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Nkanu currency

The first Handa coins, also called Lukanu, or copper crosses, Katanga crosses, or Saint Andrew crosses >, appeared in the 13th century in tombs throughout the Shaba region, at the same time as cowrie shells and glass paste beads, also used as a means of payment. Although associated with funerary rituals, during the 18th and 19th centuries they constituted the tax that the copper-producing regions owed to the Lunda Empire, territory covering Katanga, northern Zambia and eastern Zambia. 'Angola. Arab merchants also used it in commercial circuits extending from Kenya to eastern Angola. The Hungarian ethnologist Torday noted that, among the Tetela, it took 3 to 5 of these crosslets ranging from 0.275 to 2 kg to acquire a male slave and 5 to 10 for a female. They were used until the 1920s when ...


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Matakam billhook
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Matakam billhook

The Matakam also called Mafa are a population of Central Africa, especially present in the far north of Cameroon, also in Nigeria. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cowrie shells, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, including iron in particular. These primitive currencies were used during commercial and social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also constitute objects of display or throwing weapons. The variety of these metal forms is wide, and they sometimes take on the appearance of particularly aesthetic non-figurative sculptures. Height on base: 46 cm.


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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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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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Congo Currency
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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