Fabulous large hand-forged Iron Hoe Currency now mounted on a substantial stand for display. A symbol of wealth, this giant piece of metal currency was one of the heaviest means of exchange by an African blacksmith. A very good example of hand-forged iron currency, these were customary gifts to a bride’s father - 1 hoe and 2 goats in exchange for a wife. Now mounted on a heavy iron base as sculpture, from the early 19th century. Boasting an incredible patina this will be a conversation piece for your home or office. Size:21" w x 9: d x 30 1/4" tall ,weighs 45 lbs. In excellent condition it is very stable.
The last two pictures shows an example taken from a page of Roberto Ballarini's book "The Perfect Form on the track of African tribal currency"
0000566 Vintage African Tribal Ethnic Art Iron Sculpture
Huge African Tribal Ethnic Art Iron Sculptural Object Vintage