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Currency Gongs Sculptures from Congo, Nkutshu Culture, 19th Century


Iron currencies were shaped by blacksmiths of the Nkutshu people of the greater Congo Region. Forged of iron, and used for ceremonial events, and major but infrequent transactions. Though no longer used, this sculpted shaping of functional forms represents the blending of art and commerce in a simple and abstract shape. They are sought after as examples of African sculpture and are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.


  • Creator
    Nkutshu Culture Congo (Artist)
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 21.5 in. x W 9 in. x D 5 in.

    H 54.61 cm x W 22.86 cm x D 12.7 cm

  • Seller location
    Chicago, IL
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
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