Currency - Black iron - Représentant un serpent, appelée aussi monnaie-fleur - Mumuye - Nigeria

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Currency - Black iron - Représentant un serpent, appelée aussi monnaie-fleur - Mumuye - Nigeria
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Beautiful Mumuye Currency in black iron, representing a snake, also named flower-currency.

For centuries, peoples bartered to exchange goods. Then, emerged the first true system of currency, with little porcelain shells named cowry shells.

The African continent is very rich in so-called “primitive” currencies. Several of these are made of black iron, a particularly sought metal, others are in copper, considered as more valuable than the gold brought by the Portuguese to buy slaves, others consisted in glass-beads, human or animal teeth. The list may be long, each currency is an artistic treasure.

All of the presented currencies served to conclude transactions between individuals or tribes. These could also be used for individual purposes, to buy some livestock consumer goods, or to serve as dowry for a marriage. Sometimes, these currencies were worn as ornaments and are transmitted by lineage.

Lot details
Object
Currency
Indigenous object name
Représentant un serpent, appelée aussi monnaie-fleur
Ethnic group/ culture
Mumuye
Region/ country
Nigeria
Material
Black iron
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
42×15×15 cm
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