Iron Currency
Chamba Tribe, Nigeria
Forged iron, brass
Early 20th century

H: 14.5"
Inventory # 10595

This model is an iron rod with a cluster of pieces hanging from it. These hanging pieces could be added or removed in singularity in case of a purchase or barter. The whole set was a piece of currency of great value, but each single item hanging from it had monetary value as well. According to some sources, this type also represented a sistrum, a percussive instrument.