Spear money, West Africa

Spear money, West Africa

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Description
Various West African communities produced metal currency in the shapes of spears and other weapons for specific kinds of exchange, such as ceremonial payments for marriages (bridewealth). They were made from a range of metals including iron, copper, brass, and bronze. While they were typically not designed for use, they could be melted down and transformed into weapons, tools, or ornaments.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Spearhead
alternative currency
date made
n.d.
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
Measurements
overall:;
ID Number
NU.79.112.OC133
accession number
1979.1263
catalog number
79.112.OC133
Credit Line
The Chase Manhattan Bank
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West African Currency
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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