Tetela Currency Originally, these blades were created to be integrated to a weapon. However, their weight (nearly 1 kilogram for some) made these unsuitable for combat.
Hence, these blades were used as currency. Both sides of this currency seem to be similar and present many striations, decorating almost the entire surface (picture).
Local name: dikonga dia mpunga.
Good condition, with traces of wear, oxidation and antiquity, quite usual for these sorts of weapons.
A similar but more damaged object was reproduced in the book African currency - Adolfo Bartolomucci p.89 (last picture).
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 460×210×3 mm
- 875 g