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Angas coinage (N° 23387)

These primitive coins in the shape of a large hoe, in large format, were used for offerings, as a wedding dowry and of course for major festive and ceremonial occasions. The Anga tribes of the Jos plateau in northern Nigeria offered this type of object as a dowry to the father of the future wife. These coins also had a ceremonial function during the celebration of the union. However, some attribute these particular shaped coins to the Afos, a neighboring tribe established below the Jos plateau. The Afos speak a Benue-Congolese language: Eyoli. Two parts stand out, a narrow handle and the lower part of a rectangular shape called the shovel shape which is also found in the Mambilas.
The oxidation of old iron offers a grainy orange patina.  

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OriginEx-collection Delage
Height cm67
Width48 cm
Weight9.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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