For centuries, peoples bartered to exchange goods. The first real currency system emerged from this, with small porcelain shells, called cowry shells.
The African continent is especially rich in so-called ‘primitive’ currencies. Many are made of black iron, a particularly sought-after metal, others are made of copper, considered more precious than the gold brought by the Portuguese to finance the slave trade, others are made of glass beads and human or animal teeth.
The list is long, and each currency is an artistic treasure. All of these currencies were used to settle transactions between individuals or tribes.
They were sometimes worn as ornaments and were passed down as inheritance.
- N.º total de artículos
- Nombre de objeto indígena
- monnaie primitive
- Grupo étnico/cultura
- Región / país
- República Democrática del Congo
- Se vende con soporte
- 60×0×0 cm
- 1 kg