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Currency (handa)

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In the 19th and early 20th centuries, solid copper pieces (handa) in the form of crosses served as currency in parts of what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Also referred to as Katanga crosses, their name derives from Katanga, a rich copper mining region in the south-eastern...

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About 1997, sold by Timothy Hamill, Hamill Gallery of African Art, Boston, to Alan Helms, Boston; 2009, gift of Alan Helms to the MFA. (Accession date: December 16, 2009)

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Gift of Alan Helms

African, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20th century


Overall (One of four): 22.9 x 22.9 cm (9 x 9 in.)

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Africa and Oceania