Iron blade, Congo, 19th century

Iron blade, Congo, 19th century

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Description
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.
Object Name
blade
spearhead
date made
19th century
place made
Congo
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
ID Number
1992.0406.0001
catalog number
1992.0406.0001
accession number
1992.0406
catalog number
92.406.01
Credit Line
Elvira Clain-Stefanelli
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Exhibition
Really BIG Money
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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