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Kirdi Sickle Currency
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Kirdi Currency

African art and throwing weapons
The Matakam also called Mafa, from the group called Kirdi or "pagans" by the Islamicized peoples,are a population of Central Africa, mostly present in the far north of Cameroon, also in Nigeria. The Kirdi include the Matakam, Kapsiki, Margui, Mofou, Massa, Toupouri, Fali, Namchi, Bata, Do ayo... The Matakam are known to have been the first to come into contact with German settlers. Before the colonial period, transactions were made with cowrie shells, beads, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive currencies were used for commercial and social exchanges, particularly for dowries, but could also be used as parade objects or throwing weapons. The variety of these metallic forms is wide, and they sometimes take the form ...


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Kirdi beaded cover-up
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Beaded cover-up

This refined garment embroidered with glass beads, alternating geometric patterns of contrasting colors, forms a fine but dense texture fringed with cowries. When worn, the ensemble produced a soft clinking sound.
Height on base: 31 cm.
The Kirdi, or "pagans", so called by the Islamized peoples, are established in the far north of Cameroon, on the border with Nigeria. They include the Matakam, Kapsiki, Margui, Mofou, Massa, Toupouri, Fali , Namchi, Bata, Do ayo...  They live from agriculture, fishing and livestock. They live in small independent hamlets. Famous for their terracotta statuettes reminiscent of sao works, they are also known for small leather and metal objects, bead-sewn sex covers and also iron.


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Kirdi Beaded Sex Mask
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Kirdi Sex Cache

Refined, this ancient work in glass beads, harmoniously combining contrasting triangular patterns, forms a fine but dense texture lined with cauris in the lower part. The loops assembled in two, produced a gentle rattling by colliding during the movements and movements of its wearer.
High on a base: 31 cm and a width of 52.
The Kirdi , or -pagans-, so named by the Islamic peoples, are established in the far north of Cameroon, on the border of Nigeria.They include the Matakam, Kapsiki, Margui, Mofou, Massa, Toupouri, Fali , Namchi, Bata, Do...  They live on agriculture, fishing and livestock. They live in small independent hamlets. Renowned for their terracotta statuettes reminiscent of sao works, they are also known for small leather and metal objects, beaded sex masks and ...


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Early African currency
African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Primitive currency

Ex Spanish African art collection.
This primitive African coin takes the form of a hoe with a flat handle. Its surface and contours are finely hatched. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins and transactions were made by means of cowrie shells, beads, livestock, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive currencies were used for commercial and social exchanges, particularly for dowries, but could also be used as parade objects or throwing weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued in relation to iron bars called barriferri. The king usually controlled the production or delivery of the kingdom's currency. The variety of these metal forms is wide, and they sometimes take the form of particularly aesthetic non-figurative ...


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Kirdi Primitive Currency
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Kirdi Currency

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
The group named Kirdi or "païens" by the Islamic peoples, are a population of Central Africa, mainly present in the far north of Cameroon, also in Nigeria.The Kirdi include the Matakam, Kapsiki, Margui, Mofou, Massa, Toupouri, Fali, Namchi, Bata, Do ayo... They live on agriculture, fishing and livestock. This piece was one of the kind used in the 1950s in Nigeria to acquire a slave or a wife. It was necessary to gather about forty for a slave, and they were at that time part of the dowry for most Bantu tribes. 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 primitive currencies were used in trade, social ...


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Monnaie Kapsiki
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Monnaie Kapsiki

Palaeomancers in traditional African art The Kapsiki form one of the ethnic groups that make up the Kirdi group established in the extreme north of Cameroon. These "pagans "(Kirdi) as the Islamized peoples have named them, include the Matakam, Kapsiki, Margui, Mofou, Massa, Toupouri, Fali, Namchi, Bata, Do ayo ... They live from farming, fishing and breeding, the blade attached to a neck was also used as currency, losing then. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins .The transactions were made using cowries, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals. In Sierra Leone, the goods were evaluated in relation to iron bars called barriferri. In 1556 in Djenné Jean-Léon the African observed that the populations used the iron to pay of the things. The king ...


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