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Kongo Mint (N° 17972) Deposit sale

This piece of exceptional magnitude is reminiscent of throw knives in its shape, but the large ring attached to it forms a rare association. By its volume and weight, it is therefore a prestigious coin of great monetary value for the groups that have forged it and therefore intended for major exchanges. Decorated with thin hatches and small circles regularly engraved on the surface, it also offers a thick handle surrounded by a metal spiral like a rope. Before the arrival of the Europeans, the 'copper bars' (often composed of a spiral-shaped copper and zinc alloy) formed the only currency in Central Africa. These volutes, depending on the region, were named mitako or ngelo .

The final aesthetic aspect of this coin dictated our choice for this particular arrangement on its support. The clean and dynamic drawing transforms it in this way into a remarkable sculpture giving free rein to the imagination. Overt seniority. Brown patina with coppery reflections, areas blackened by use.
High on a base: 44 cm Length: 51 cm.

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OriginCollection monégasque
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm70
Depth4 cm
Width35 cm
Weight6.15 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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