mfunte currency hide
tribe: kwadja / mfunte / mambila
country: cameroon / nigeria
size: 28" (71 cm)
The Kwadja of the northern sector of the Nkambe Division of West Cameroon are a blacksmith group of cardinal importance. They produce a wide array of iron products and in the past were responsible for the manufacture of these iron plates shared like stretched hides, which were used through the western grasslands of Cameroon as a medium of exchange. Such Kwadja plates, were commonly found in the 1930s and 1940s among all Kaka peoples of the Upper Donga Valley and were also utilized by the Mambila, who resided on the plateau just north of the Donga River.