This is a very unique and old Cowrie Shell and Leather Basket Lid from Nigeria. This lid would cover a leather covered basket with cowrie shell woven onto it. The Hausa people of Northern Nigeria used baskets such as this for storing items. In Western Africa, shell money was usual legal tender up until the mid 19th century and has been added to the basket to enhance its prestige. This lid is known to cover a money basket. Cowrie shells, or cowries, are mostly used today as decoration or in jewelry. They are a favorite type of seashell for ocean lovers because of their unique rounded shape, smooth surface, and porcelain appearance. Because of their beauty, cowries have been utilized by humans for thousands of years, as jewelry, game dice, and even as currency. At some point in history, cowries has been used as money on every inhabited continent.
A unique old Yoruba basket lid covered with cowrie shells that would be fun to add to your home or collection.
Shows some age, but overall in good condition.
9 Inch x 8 Inch x 1 Inch
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