African Mounted Currency Forms

19th Century

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A group of iron currency forms from West Africa.

  • In the 12th century, iron was used in sub-Saharan Africa for the manufacture of practical implements. Tribal blacksmiths also created a number of creative deviations from these utilitarian objects. These items served both as currency and as symbols of social position and wealth. During the colonial period in Africa, these metal objects gradually disappeared from use, replaced by paper currencies.
  • With a Giacometti aesthetic, these forms could be easily mistaken for modern sculptures.
  • Displayed on a custom stand.
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In fair to good condition with overall oxidation, bends, cracks, and small losses typical to age and type.

Height: 12.5 inches / 31.75 cm
Width: 5 inches / 12.7 cm
Depth: 1.5 inches / 3.81 cm
Powdercoated Metal, Iron
Decorative Style
Modern Style, Eclectic


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