In his discussion of another Oshele, Youmans notes (Ezio Bassani, The Power of Form, African Art from the Horstmann collection, Milan, 2002, p. 170), "The three triangular shapes on this piece appear to melt at the tips, drawing the eye around the work in a circular motion. The single extension at the bottom right of the object counterbalances the two at the top left, making this a successful abstract work of art. [...] A particularly beautiful blade might be worth many times more than an ordinary one. At mid-century it was said that a fine piece of currency like the present example, called [oshele], might be worth one hundred times the value of the iron from which it was made."
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