Yoruba Iron Gong Currency For Sale
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Yoruba Iron Gong Currency

About

Like many pieces of traditional African metalwork, this metal gong served multiple purposes within the Yoruba communities of northern Nigeria. It was a ceremonial instrument, a potent status symbol and a valuable currency piece used in rare and significant exchanges. During religious ceremonies, members of the tribal elite would hold the gongs by their woven handles and beat them with rubber-coated mallets. Since this particular gong is complete with its original clapper, it may have also functioned as a bell. With acoustical curves and a fantastic textured finish, this gong has a wonderful sculptural presence, now elevated by a custom steel stand.

Details

  • Production Time
    Available Now
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1900
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 10.25 in. x W 5.5 in. x D 2.5 in.H 26.04 cm x W 13.97 cm x D 6.35 cm
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Seller Reference Number
    CAA268
  • Reference Number
    LU820012379463
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