A Zirma currency hoe, Niger, W. Africa. Hand forged from iron, and inlaid with brass and copper bands. Much of the shaft is decorated with incised designs, geometric figures, and other symbols. This would have been an important prestige item and object for exchange, far too valuable for use as an agricultural tool. On custom stand. Circa early 20th century.
Length: 48.75 in. / 124 cm.
Length w/ stand: 53.35 in. / 135 cm.