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Blade Currency (Liganda)

Too large and too thin to be used as a weapon, the liganda was used for important transactions, especially as bridewealth, payments made by a man to the family of a woman he wished to marry. The blade form is said to symbolize the man’s intention to protect and care for his wife.

Lokele, Turumba, or Topoke peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Blade Currency (Liganda)
20th century (?)
Iron
H. 67 ¾ in. (172.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Tom Joyce, 2005.250