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Topoke Spear Money

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A good example of a piece of spear money from the Topoke tribe, North Eastern Congo, (Zaire), circa 1910.


These large forged iron blades, finely worked with decorative parallel channels running around the outer left-hand edge of each side, were used well into the 20th century as currency, especially during wedding ceremonies, when 20-30 might be needed to buy a bride. Approximately twice the price of a large boat! 


69 inches x almost 14 in




Item Code: 4278

£ 950

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