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Currency Mambila (N° 22409)

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 be transmitted by women.
Ref. : "The Perfect Form" R. Ballarini.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Material(s)fer noir
Height cm66
Width24 cm
Weight2.82 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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