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 ...