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Kirdi Sickle Currency (N° 17777)

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 of particularly aesthetic non-figurative sculptures.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Weight1.65 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xxème
Socle includedYes

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