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Bundle of Spears, Gabon

Bundle of Spears, Gabon

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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.
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Object Name
Iron Spears, Miniature
alternative currency
date made
place used
associated place
Physical Description
formed by hand (overall production method/technique)
black/brown (overall color)
iron (overall material)
overall: 8 cm x 10 cm; 3 5/32 in x 3 15/16 in
ID Number
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accession number
Credit Line
Mendel Peterson
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
West African Currency
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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