GONG CURRENCY (ONE SOLD) - NIGERIA
Origin: NIGERIA
Materials: Iron
Description:

These hefty sculptural gongs were a symbol of wealth and power, usednot only  as instruments, but also as currency in important exchanges. The tribal elite would struck these gongs with a rubber coated stick in religious ceremonies and comunity festivals. In modern day interiors they are often used as sculptural objects of African metalwork art. Many pre-colonial African currencies were modeled after objects of inherent practical value.

Description:

These hefty sculptural gongs were a symbol of wealth and power, usednot only  as instruments, but also as currency in important exchanges. The tribal elite would struck these gongs with a rubber coated stick in religious ceremonies and comunity festivals. In modern day interiors they are often used as sculptural objects of African metalwork art. Many pre-colonial African currencies were modeled after objects of inherent practical value.

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Dimensions:

26 W x 25 D (stand base) x 117 & 112 H cm