mbole currency anklet
country: democratic republic of congo
size: 7" (17.8 cm)
The Mbole, are a small group of about 150,000 people in Southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), and made ankle currency bracelets of copper which were used for major transactions. Worn by both men and women these large rounded anklets were offered by the husband to his wife to be a part of the marriage contract. These anklets were forged and hammered from a single copper ingot.