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.
- Indigenous object name
- Représentant un serpent, appelée aussi monnaie-fleur
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Black iron
- Sold with stand
- 42×15×15 cm