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Currency Bakwele (N° 23539)

The Mandjong were used for marriage dowries in the northeastern regions of Gabon and northern Congo Brazaville. Elements of these currencies of a particularly elegant design, such as the extremities for example, could also be taken as a means of payment. Roberto Ballarini, in his work "The Perfect Form", notes moreover that a marriage could require in 1935 up to 100 Madjong. Irregular rust brown patina.
Tribe of the Kota group, the Kwélé, Bakwélé, live in the forest on the northern border of the Republic of Congo. They live from hunting, agriculture and metallurgy. Practicing the cult called Bwété borrowed from the Ngwyes, which was accompanied by obligatory initiation rites, they used at the end of the ceremonies the ekuk masks linked to the spirits of the forest.  


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OriginEx-collection néerlandaise
Material(s)fer noir
Height cm62
Width41 cm
Weight1.11 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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