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Ekonda Brass Anklet Armlet Currency Congo Africa

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Title Ekonda Brass Anklet Armlet Currency Congo Africa
Materials Brass (unknown metal content)
Made In Democractic Republic of Congo
Traded In Africa
Overall Condition Good to 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 some oxidation, small chips and dents; see pictures for details
People Mbole or Ekonda
Object Size 4.5 inches H. x 4 -4.75 inches exterior diameter x 2.5 -3 inches interior diameter

Additional Information: A very heavy cast brass or copper/zinc  legband or anklet from the Mongo people, subgroup Ekonda, who live in the central part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo . Such anklets were worn by women of high status to display their wealth. They were also used as currency. But their circulation was very limited. They were used only for transaction within ritual or matrimonial compensations or transactions. They were mostly used as reservoirs of wealth.

For Similar example See the catalogue "Out of Africa" The Dayton Art Institute, 2001 See also the booklet THE ARTISTRY OF AFRICAN CURRENCY , fig. 10; Roberto Ballarini,Black Africa's Traditional Arms, 1992, p. 116, fig. 74