ngbaka currency bracelet
country: democratic republic of congo
size: 4.5" (11.4 cm) x 1.75" (4.5cm)
The brass forms were used and recognized as currency in the congo and were traded between various tribes in important transactions. Blacksmithing was a honored trade in these tribes and blacksmiths were respected and feared for their powers of metamorphosis over metal into forms of currency, weapons, tools, amulets and magical objects.