Iron blade, Congo, 19th century


Many communities have designed money in the shape of objects that are important to them, such as tools and weapons. They usually do not make them sharp, though. They were only supposed to be used to make payments.

This tall blade was used by a Turumbu (too-ROOM-boo) community of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for wedding gifts and to purchase important items, such as a canoe. It is 5 feet, 7 inches tall.

Date Made: 19th century

Place Made: Congo

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Exhibition: Really BIG Money

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Elvira Clain-Stefanelli

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1992.0406.0001Catalog Number: 1992.0406.0001Accession Number: 1992.0406Catalog Number: 92.406.01

Object Name: bladespearhead

Physical Description: iron (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 67 in x 13 in x 2 cm; 170.18 cm x 33.02 cm x 25/32 in


Record Id: nmah_1142519

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