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Mbuun machete (N° 23430)
Sword with a wooden handle (lack and cracks to note) of the Mbuun established in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The contours are abraded, the patina oxidized.
Height on base: 63 cm.
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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