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19. Gourmangé 'Snake' Currency - MUMUYE / LOBI - Nigeria

Gourmangé 'Snake' Currency - MUMUYE / LOBI - Nigeria

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Mid-20th century - good condition

'Snake' Currencyof the Gourmangé speaking peoples
Height: 15.5" (40 cm) tall
Very good condition.
Provenance: - Bob Germ - Hoboken, Belgium

These pieces of (African art) 'Snake' currency are forged of an iron spike splitting into 'branches', each of which resembles a snake. They can be found among the Mumuye and Lobi tribes.

Used for the finalization of transactions between individuals or tribes, to buy animals, consumer goods or use as dowry for a marriage.

These currencies can be found around the Benue river and the Cameroon border.
Due to the remote nature of their location, the Lobi and Mumuye remained in near total isolation until 1959, when they were definitively conquered by the English. For a long time, it was believed that, in C. Kjersmeier's words, "northern Nigeria was inhabited by almost unknown tribes who had produced nothing that might be described as art." Today, we know better.

Can be viewed or picked up, if so desired, at David Norden's Shop in Antwerp.
Sold with a written description of the tribe.

Free delivery. Sent by insured and registered mail with Track & Trace. May also be picked up at David Norden's in Antwerp, by arrangement only.

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Feedback score: 98.5%
Reviews given: 67
Member since: July 1, 2014
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    Vendeur de haut niveau, service parfait

    PRIMDAN April 8, 2017

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    great headrest, very quick shipping, always again thanks !!!

    Wodimi March 14, 2017

  • Fantastic pieces, great communication and fast delivery. Great guy, Thank you

    ExquisiteAfricanArt March 6, 2017

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    L'achat n'a pu être finalisé mais le vendeur m'a appelé et j'ai accepté ses explications franches et le remboursement.

    pierreguerin2 February 19, 2017

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    Transaction parfaite

    PRIMDAN February 10, 2017

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