Tajere, Nigeria

Tajere, Nigeria

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Description
Tajere are forged iron ingots or rods that were used in exchange in modern day Nigeria by the Fulani people between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. They were used in low value transactions and were often melted down and transformed into weapons, tools, or ornaments.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Iron Bar Cent
alternative currency
Other Terms
Iron Bar Cent; Africa; Nigeria, Northern
date made
n.d.
place used
Nigeria
associated place
Nigeria
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
black/brown (overall color)
formed by hand (overall production method/technique)
black/brown (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/4 in x 14 in; 3.175 cm x 35.56 cm
ID Number
NU.77.38.031
catalog number
77.38.031
accession number
1977.1211
Credit Line
Benjamin Stack, Harvey G. Stack, and Norman Stack
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West African Currency
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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