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Angas Iron Mint / Afo (N° 17884)

These primitive large hoe-shaped coins, large in size, were used for offerings, wedding dowry and of course for major festive and ceremonial occasions. The tribes Angas of the Jos Plateau in northern Nigeria offered such objects as a dowry to the father of the bride-to-be. These pieces also had a ceremonial function during the celebration of the union. Some, however, attribute these special-shaped coins to the Afos, a neighbouring tribe established below the Jos Plateau. The Afos speak a Bené-Congolese language: eyoli.
Two parts stand out, a narrow handle and the lower rectangular part of the shovel shape, which is also found in the Mambilas.
The oxidation of the old iron offers an inimitable patina.
 

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyAngas
Countrynigéria
Material(s)fer noir
Height60
Width41
Weight7.55 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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