Katanga Cross Currency - D.R. Congo (B)
Katanga Cross Currency - D.R. Congo (B)
Katanga Cross Currency - D.R. Congo (B) 1
Katanga Cross Currency - D.R. Congo (B) 2

Katanga Cross Currency - D.R. Congo (B)

$295.00
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 brideís family if the marriage failed).

Dimensions: Height: 5 1/2" x Width: 5 1/2". Mounted on a metal base measuring 4 3/4" x 1 3/4", raising the overall height slightly to 6".

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