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Mumuye Forged Iron Currency Nigeria African Art

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Title Iron Currency
Type of Object Weapon/Currency
Country of Origin Northern Nigeria
People Mumuye
Materials Iron
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 15.25 inches H. x 1.75 inches
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair Rusted surface/some oxidation


Additional Information: A forged iron currency from the Mumuye people who live in Nigeria and along the border with Cameroon. This currency has a diamond-like design in the middle and narrow bars in both ends. These curious currency pieces are thought to originate in a remote part of Northern Nigeria. 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 Mumuye , Chamba, Jukun, Montol, Fulani, and Goemai. Though these metal currencies can be traced to the area, it is not known for sure who produced them. Despite the fact that they were used by the Mumuye as currency on special occasions, most likely in bridal negotiations. The arts of Nigeria are among the strangest and most fascinating in all of Africa. The high degree of abstraction used on most metal objects has made them popular with collectors. Though most texts mention the peoples living in the area, there is little firm scholarship about them.