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Katanga Cross Currency - D.R. Congo - #PC27

Price: $195.00

The Katanga Cross is a form of currency used by the Luba, Kuba, and Songye people in D.R. Congo. Copper was a choice metal due to its availability in the Katanga region. Katanga crosses have been used for centuries in trade and dowry payments. One cross = 5-6 chickens, 2 lengths of cloth, or 6 small axes. Four to six crosses = 1 goat. Fourteen crosses = bride dowry (the crosses had to be returned to the bride’s family if the marriage failed).

Provenance: Ex Private Collection. Collected about 50 years ago by a Belgian living in the D.R. Congo.

Measures 7" from end to end.

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