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Currency

The spade-like iron forms were used amongst the Afo as currency for large economic transactions. Iron currency of this size can weigh upwards of 10 pounds.

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, Afo peoples, Nigeria, 20th century

Dimensions

Overall: 79.4 x 55.2 cm (31 1/4 x 21 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5346

Medium or Technique

Iron

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Metalwork