A SELECTION OF KATANGA CROSSES

These copper crosses are named after the Katanga region, a rich copper mining area in southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are also known as Handa. The peoples of the Congo highly valued non-ferrous metals including copper. In Katanga, in the 13th and 14th centuries, copper crosses of various sizes were associated with funerary rituals and were buried with the deceased alongside cowrie shells and glass beads, all symbols of wealth.  In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Katanga crosses like these were used as currency in everyday trading across Central Africa. They were commonly used for dowry payments.

Katanga region, Democratic Republic of Congo
Cupper, From 27 to 20 cm

Price: € 225 till € 125,-