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Camwood money
Camwood money
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Camwood money
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Camwood money "bongotol"
Ethnic group
Kuba
Origin
DR Congo
Provenance
Boris Kegel-Konietzko, Hamburg, Germany
Material
Camwood
Size
L: 17 cm
Description
A "brick" baked from camwood powder.
A rare example of "primitive money". Camwood powder mixed with palm-oil was also used by the Kuba to smear onto their bodies and was stored in elaborately designed boxes (see shikra cat.no. 14-03).

Lit.: "Negerkunst und Negerkünstler" - Hans Himmelheber -1960. Page 360, Ill. 287
Afrika - Eine Einführung - Wegweiser zur Völkerkunde, Heft 22 - Wulf Lohse - Hamburgisches Museum für Volkerkunde - Page 68

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Price:   190,00 EUR
Catalogue No.:  14-192
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