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manilla / currency

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af1984,19.58

  • Description

    Manilla currency.
    Horse-shoe shaped, made of open circle of brass with flattened ends at opening.

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 2 centimetres
    • Width: 6 centimetres
    • Depth: 6.7 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Initially 1981 loan.Manillas were used extensively as currency in West Africa from the 15th to the 20th century. During the Transatlantic slave trade manillas were a frequent medium of exchange for slaves.

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2014-2015 13 Dec-15 Mar, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 18 Apr–28 Jun, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015 14 Jul–6 Sep, Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2015-2016 20 Sep-11 Jan, Kobe City Museum, Kobe, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2016 13 Feb-18 Jun, National Museum of Western Australia, Perth, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2016-2017 08 Sep-29 Jan, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2017 1 Mar-31 May, National Museum of China, Beijing, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
    2017 28 Jun-08 Oct, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1984

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af1984,19.58

Manilla currency. Horse-shoe shaped, made of open circle of brass with flattened ends at opening.

Manilla currency. Horse-shoe shaped, made of open circle of brass with flattened ends at opening.

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