Iron Bar Money

$250.00

Currency bars of iron are found in different forms in different districts. Some are merely rough bars of a foot or less in length, with no distinguishing features; some have a slight twist here or there; some are splayed out in the middle; some at the ends. The bars are called the Eastern Fulani name losol, or the Western Fulani tajere or more commonly in the plural taji. Their ultimate use is for making hoes and other implements, but they are much used for currency both among the Non-Moslem tribes and in the Moslem markets where the pagan tribes trade.

Description

Currency bars of iron are found in different forms in different districts. Some are merely rough bars of a foot or less in length, with no distinguishing features; some have a slight twist here or there; some are splayed out in the middle; some at the ends. The bars are called the Eastern Fulani name losol, or the Western Fulani tajere or more commonly in the plural taji. Their ultimate use is for making hoes and other implements, but they are much used for currency both among the Non-Moslem tribes and in the Moslem markets where the pagan tribes trade.

Additional information

Origin

Nigeria

Date

19th Century

Dimensions

Bottom Bar: 1.75" x 19" x .75" With Stand 4.25" x 19" x 3"


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