Iron Primitive Currency - Chamba - Nigeria

Authentic primitive iron coins in African art

The so-called primitive iron currencies appeared relatively late in African art because the blacksmiths acquired control of the iron only after exchanges with the Westerners. Nevertheless, there is a very wide diversity according to the regions. This type of iron money, depending on the form, could also be a weapon of jet or pomp. They were used for barter or dowry for weddings.

Origin : private collection, BelgiumDating : 1950'sSize : 53 x 12 cmMaterial : iron

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

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