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Matakam billhook (N° 25829)

The Matakam also called Mafa are a population of Central Africa, especially present in the far north of Cameroon, also in Nigeria. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cowrie shells, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, including iron in particular. These primitive currencies were used during commercial and social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also constitute objects of display or throwing weapons. The variety of these metal forms is wide, and they sometimes take on the appearance of particularly aesthetic non-figurative sculptures. Height on base: 46 cm.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm40
Width16 cm
Weight0.48 Kg
Socle includedYes

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