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Chamba Neck Ring Currency Snakes Nigeria African Art

Regular Price: $225.00

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Product #: 100960
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Title Chamba Neck Ring Currency Snakes Nigeria Africa
Type of Object Currency
Country of Origin Northern Nigeria
People Chamba
Materials Iron
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 9.5 inches H x 8.5 inches wide
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Rust


Additional Information: A confluence of obscure, small cultures have lived in this area since the Fulani expansions of the 17th and 18th centuries. Among them are the Chamba, Jukun, Mumuye, Montol, and Goemai. Though these metal objects can be traced to the area, it is not known for sure who produced them. Despite the fact that they are shaped like knives or sickles, they are thought to have been used as currency on special occasions, most likely in bridal negotiations. The arts of Northern Nigeria are among the strangest and most fascinating in all of Africa. The high degree of abstraction used on most objects has made them popular with collectors. Though most texts mention the peoples living in the area, there is little firm scholarship about them.


Recommended Reading: See ART OF AFRICA, by Kerchache.