Worn by the wife of a high official during important rituals. It represents a two-headed cobra snake. There are finely engraved decorative designs on the front-facing surfaces of the "snake" heads, and the surface of the round body has the texture and feel of snake skin. Hand forged iron.
It served as currency. These pieces of jewelry were not widely circulated and were never used in connection with routine transactions. Instead, they served as repositories of wealth in a form that was easy to store and transport.
From the Logone River region on the Cameroon-Chad frontier. The Tupuri name for this necklace form is bousouli.
Height: 4" x Width: 8" x Depth: 7"