Requires Photography

Currency

African, Idoma peoples, Nigeria
20th century


Dimensions

Overall: 91.4 x 27.9 cm (36 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5355

Medium or Technique

Iron

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Numismatics

Originally formed from a hoe blade, these currency items were known as ‘Akika’ to the Idoma of Nigeria. They used these during ceremonies and in family negotiations for bridewealth. Iron currency occured in many regions throughout Africa. Expert smiths could melt and forge it into different tools that were necessary in day to day life, making it a preferred and useful standard of value.

Provenance

Between the 1980s and 1990s, acquired in Paris by anonymous donors; 2009, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift