Chamba Tribe, Nigeria
Forged Iron, Brass
Early 20th Century
Inventory # 10595
This model is an iron rod with a cluster of pieces hanging from it. These hanging pieces could be added or removed in singularity in case of a purchase or barter.
The whole set was a piece of currency of great value, but each single item hanging from it had monetary value as well. According to some sources, this type also represented a sistrum, a percussive instrument.
African Plural Art was born from my deep love of African Art and culture – particularly that of Côte d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast), West Africa, where I grew up.
The Ivory Coast, a diverse cultural blend of ethnic groups, is renowned for its craftspeople. From an early age, the convergence of culture, art, and business shaped my everyday experiences.
Now a proud US citizen, I live and work in California, where I started up a new African tribal art gallery – African Plural Art. I count myself lucky to be able to remain connected to African art and culture through my work. Because of my online gallery, I'm surrounded by artwork and tribal artifacts crafted by talented artists from across Africa.
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The art pieces available on africanplualart.com originate primarily from West Africa, where I have established a trusted network of contacts. I regularly visit local artists, villages, and collectives, with each item being personally chosen either by myself or by a carefully selected network of knowledgeable, trusted colleagues. This enables us to collect a wide variety of unique objects of excellent quality. As a result of this network, we are continually discovering extraordinary new objects from different countries throughout Africa.
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