African, Afo peoples, Nigeria
Overall: 79.4 x 55.2 cm (31 1/4 x 21 3/4 in.)
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The spade-like iron forms were used amongst the Afo as currency for large economic transactions. Iron currency of this size can weigh upwards of 10 pounds.
Between the 1980s and 1990s, acquired in Paris by anonymous donors; 2009, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 20, 2010)