Matakam Sickle Currency with Figure

c. 1950
$480 USD
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Dimensions
W: 7.25" D: 0.75" H: 16.25"
Materials
Iron
Wood
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Collection #
CAA0423A
Estimated Shipping
$20

Many pre-coinage African currencies were formed after objects of inherent practical value. This sickle-form iron currency created by an artisan of the Matakam people of Cameroon was shaped after a hand-held sickle to honor the community's reliance on the tool for agricultural harvest. This sickle currency was also used during ritual dances at the beginning of the dry season, carried above the head to ensure renewed fertility and abundant harvests. Decorated with a carved figure at the handle, this sickle currency lives on as a storied sculptural object.

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