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Kirdi currency (N° 22457)

The Kirdi , or "pagans", so named by the Islamized peoples, are established in the far north of Cameroon, on the border with Nigeria.
They include the Matakam, Kapsiki, Margui, Mofou, Massa, Toupouri, Fali, Namchi, Bata, Do ayo... They live from agriculture, fishing and animal husbandry. They live in small independent hamlets. Renowned for their terracotta statuettes reminiscent of sao works, they are also known for small leather and metal objects, pearl-stitched panties and also iron.
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 at the time part of the dowry for most Bantu tribes, were used during commercial and social exchanges, but could also appear as parade objects or as throwing weapons.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm40
Width9 cm
Weight0.31 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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