Hand-Forged Iron Currency - Mafa, and Matakam People, Cameroon - E

Hand-Forged Iron Currency - Mafa, and Matakam People, Cameroon - E

$120.00
Sometimes referred to as Kirdi currency. The Kirdi are the many cultures and ethnic groups who inhabit northwestern Cameroon and northeastern Nigeria.
The term was applied to various peoples who had not converted to Islam at the time of colonization and was a pejorative.
This elaborate multi-spiraled, currency piece would have been used as a form of exchange or trade. It is a curved, wrought iron plate wound into a spiral at its extremities. Currency took many forms in ancient Africa. Common across the continent were metal objects shaped like spearheads, coins and spirals.

Height:5" x Width: 5 3/8" x Depth: 1/16.
Mounted on a 4" square stand on which it is 6 1/2" in height.

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