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Iron Liganda Spear Currency - PF.4674
Origin: Congo
Circa: 19 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 67.125" (170.5cm) high x 13" (33.0cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Iron

Location: United States
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This spear was used for monetary exchanges or bartering, predominately involving matrimonial transactions. Iron was considered a precious material and something so provacative as a spear made from this metal would have been considered a very impressive possession. The sheer weight and height would have attracted a great deal of attention, especially when carried. It would have been attached to a handle, further adding height and monumentality. A spear of this nature represents something beyond its obvious form; more than a symbol of wealth and power, it is a virtual embodiment of pride carried high for all to see. - (PF.4674)


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