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Currency

This type of currency is now known as snake currency, and was used by the Chamba peoples of Nigeria. It was probably used in major transactions such as a groom paying bridewealth to the family of his bride. Iron currency occured in many regions throughout Africa. Expert smiths could melt and...

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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, Chamba peoples, Nigeria, mid 20th century

Dimensions

Overall: 36.8 x 2.5 x 29.2 cm (14 1/2 x 1 x 11 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5349

Medium or Technique

Iron

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Metalwork