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Genya sword (N° 22374) Deposit sale

African weapons, prestige objects then transaction currencies.
Thick notched handle, summarily sheathed in copper at its end. The blade of the sword bears in its center a rib lined with dotted lines. The oxidized patina is orange rust in color.
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 used during commercial and social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also constitute objects of parade or throwing weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued against iron bars called barriferri. The king generally controlled the production or routing of the kingdom's currency. The variety of these metallic forms is wide, and these sometimes take on the appearance of particularly aesthetic non-figurative sculptures.  

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OriginCollection française
EthnyTopoké
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)metal, wood
Height cm47
Width11 cm
Weight0.78 Kg
Socle includedYes

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