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Coil currency

This unusual type of currency resembles coiled currency used by the Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria. It was probably used in major transactions such as such as a groom paying bridewealth to the family of his bride. Iron currency occured in many regions throughout Africa. Expert smiths could melt...

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Provenance

Between the 1980s and 1990s, acquired in Paris by anonymous donors; 2009, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

African, Southeastern Nigeria, 20th century

Dimensions

Overall: 71.1 x 23.5 cm (28 x 9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5351

Medium or Technique

Iron

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Metalwork