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Kundu or Ingonda sword currency, Democratic Republic of the Congo
18.5" tall
iron, copper, wood
from the Alan Helms collection, Boston, MA

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This striking blade might have functioned as a weapon or as a symbol of rank as well as possessing monetary
value.

Of great visual interest is the simple blackened form embellishing both sides of the blade. The number of holes
may relate to the value of the object.