flat bell shaped piece of iron; slight convex curve with 6- 1/2" handle extending from flat end; mottled brown surface that is irregular; darkened sections along handle and outer edges

Currency, mid 20th century

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The Norman Gabrick Endowment for African Artexpand_more  2017.3.2

Several smiths worked together to forge this humongous piece of iron into the shape of a curved hoe. Among the heaviest currencies in Africa—this one weighs a hefty 39 1/4 pounds (17.8 kg)—it was used primarily in matrimonial payments by the Nigerian Angas and Afo peoples. A groom would offer several blades to his bride’s relatives in recognition of and compensation for her ability to bear children and ensure the continuity of his lineage.

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flat bell shaped piece of iron; slight convex curve with 6- 1/2" handle extending from flat end; mottled brown surface that is irregular; darkened sections along handle and outer edges