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Forged of copper alloy to represent a serpent, this whimsical, sculptural piece was traded as currency in the African Congo. Mounted on custom iron stand this piece invites much conversation.

These African bronze pieces have a large copper content which creates the beautiful and much sought after verdigris patina. A bell with ornate accents, a snake like coiled currency and a miniature representation of a granary door all are museum mounted on metal stands. A special collection.

Africa | antique copper alloy bracelet from Nigeria that was used as currency.

Africa | Currency Anklet from the Dan people of the Ivory Coast | 19th to 20th century | Copper alloy

Three African objects of great interest are museum mounted and offered together to make a stunning accent. The old Bakota figure is carved of wood and covered with copper and brass then placed in a basket containing bones of ancestors to ward off evil spirits. We have added a metallic patina to the two blade currencies . Together they compliment one another using mixed metal patinas. All bases have a luscious bronze patina.

Large, heavy, copper alloy leg bands were used as a form of currency for important transactions, including purchasing a bride! These currencies were sand-cast in the earth and while the metal was still malleable, they were wrapped over a log to make the cylindrical shape. Wealthier women wore these leg bands and used rolls of plant fiber to protect their skin from rubbing.

Africa | Currency anklet from the Ekonda people of central DR Congo | 18th - 19th century | Copper alloy

Africa | Mbole currency from the DR Congo | Hammered copper | Price on request

Africa | A Currency Bracelet from the Djerma people of Niger | Red copper | ca. 1940