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Katanga Currency Cross, #0235

Price: $595.00

Title: Kataga Cross
Material: Copper
People: Luba, Kuba & Songye Peoples
Country: D.R. Congo
Copper was a choice metal due to its availability in the Katanga region. Katanga crosses have been used for centuries as a form of wealth used 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).
10.75"h x 7.75"w, on a 8" x 3" base.

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