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Bamileke Large Iron Double Gong Currency Cameroon Africa

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Title Bamileke Large Iron Double Gong Currency Cameroon Africa
Type of Object Metalwork, gong, currency
Country of Origin Cameroon
People Bamileke
Materials Iron
Approximate Age unknown 19th-20th century?
Dimensions 12.5 X 10.75 inch
Overall Condition Fair to good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair oxidation, rusted surface, surface worn away, cracks in mouth, chips, cracks, holes, repairs

Additional Information: Iron gongs are used by many different groups in Africa to set the rhythm for music, establishes the cadence for rituals, religious ceremonies or simply to beat time for dancing and entertainment. This one was also used as currency among the Bamileke. The age of this example is unknown although the rusted surface evidences  the gong was extensively exposed to the elements.