Congo, Mbole People, Spearhead


Congo, Mbole People, Spearhead (obverse) Congo, Mbole People, Spearhead (reverse)

Several different forms of spear- and lance-shaped currencies are known from Eats and West Africa. Most of them are useless as weapons. They are merely symbolic forms that are often much smaller or bigger as their archetypes. One of them is this spearhead money of the Mbole people. The Mbole (also known as Mongo) are a Bantu people living in the Congo Basin, in the north west of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They use this very valuable spearhead money primarily for paying the bride price. When the price is paid the spear is planted in the ground in front of the bride.


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