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Cowrie shell basket - Nigeria

Cowrie shell basket - Nigeria
Cowrie shell basket - Nigeria
Cowrie shell basket - Nigeria
Cowrie shell basket - Nigeria
Cowrie shell basket - Nigeria
Cowrie shell basket - Nigeria
€219,00 Incl. tax
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Old Hausa Basket from Northern Nigeria. Used to store grain, the raffia structure is embedded with leather and cowrie shells. Read the story..

Material:
Leather and cowrie shells
Origin:
Nigeria
Dimension:
H16 x Ø28cm
Designer:
Hausa tribe
Color:
Brown and white
2-8 days depending on region

The story

In Western Africa, shell money was usual legal tender up until the mid 19th century and has been added to the basket to enhance its prestige.

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