Iron Hoe Currency, Afo, Nigeria.
A fine Afo shield hoe currency, made of heavy solid, hand forged iron, used by the Afo people of Northern Nigeria. This is a large well shaped piece that would have served as important currency for major transactions such as bride price or land transfers. 19th century or before.
Condition: two cracks (see pictures).
The raw, corroded surface forms an intriguing landscape…….
Height: 64,5 cm - 25.39 inch. Wide: 46,5 cm - 18.31 inch. Weight: 4820 grams.