Primitive snake currency Mumuye - SOLD OUT

Primitive currencies in African art

The coin-knives were used in transactions between individuals or tribes. They could also be used for individual purposes, to buy livestock, consumer goods or to serve as a dowry for a wedding.

These coins were sometimes ornamented and passed on in the lineage.

The bouquet of metal rods here illustrates the snake.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
Ethnic group
Mumuye
Material(s)
Black iron
Country
Nigeria
Origin
Tribal art collection France