African Congo Bronze Anklet Currencies
About this piece
A pair of African Congo bronze, ridged anklet currencies on custom stands, Gabon, circa 1860’s.
African Currency encompasses a variety of metal objects used in traditional Africa to trade and store wealth. These pieces might be used for major purchases (of land or animals) or to signify a transfer of wealth at major events, such as birth, coming of age, marriage, or death. The most frequent use was as bridewealth, to compensate a family for the loss of a daughter.
Most forms were developed from traditional metal objects that were already in use such as weapons, tools, bracelets and anklets. While some continued to be functional for work or decorative purposes, most evolved into “pure” currency, deliberately unusable except as objects recognized, prized and accepted widely as payment.
8.75 in. H. | Base 4 in. W. x 5 in. D.Print Inquire