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Songye Nsapo Axe
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African art > Weapon > Songye Nsapo Axe

Old and endowed with a beautiful patina, this piece comes from a Belgian collection of African art. The wooden handle features a honey-coloured satin patina. The trapezoidal blade is sharp and lined with perforations. Attack weapons were often used as currencies in trade before colonial times. Originally from Shaba in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Songyes form a patriarchal society related to the Luba, with whom they share common ancestors. Governed by the yakitengé , and by local leaders, they are also subject to the influence of the secret society Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe whose masks are renowned.


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Currency Dance Stick Dadiya Jen nyi
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African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Dadiya Currency

This primitive iron coin whose blade evokes the head and beak of a bird has a handle whose lower end is wrapped in a metal strip ending in a twisted hook. The top is equipped with a small bell. This weapon originated in the Dadiya of northeastern Nigeria, and its use changed over time into a currency of exchange. Small ethnic groups, such as the Tula, Dadiya, Burak and Jen (or Dza) form an Adamawa-speaking people established in the Upper Benue region. The Dadiya produced wrought iron ceremonial weapons, used by young people initiated during the kal ( nyansanye) and dance spoilers named jen'nyi . In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using cauris, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, including iron in particular. These ...





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