TOPOKE LIGANDA CURRENCY, Dem. Rep. Congo

These have all been vetted as authentic.




An installation view from our Ka-Ching exhibition, 2015

TOPOKE
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Spears 11-14
56-57" high
$200 each

TOPOKE
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Spears 15 -18
55.25-58.25" high
$100-200

TOPOKE
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Spears 19 - 22
59-61.5" high
All SOLD


TOPOKE
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Spears 23 - 26
58.75-63.5" high
$200 each

TOPOKE
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Spears 27 - 30
62.5-68.5" high
$250 each



Photographs © Hamill Gallery

TOPOKE, LIGANDA CURRENCY, Dem. Rep. Congo

Forms like these iron shaped "weapons" and blades were recognized and used by the Topoke people as a bride price. They are called Liganda and range in size from the dihunga (59" x 9.5") to an unnamed size (64" x 12') to the doa (69" x 14"). They were used well into the middle of the 20th century. Ours are all embossed with a number of parallel lines close to the left edge, which shows through on the other side as well.

They are much too thin to have ever been intended as functional weapons and are not sharp. Many have some damage, check the condition reports. They are difficult to mount because of their tall size but can be easily hung on a wall with a small loop of line as in the last photograph.

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