Scarce Early 19th Century Hand Made Slave’s Cross

Scarce Early 19th Century Hand Made Slave’s Cross

$175.00

In stock

SKU: N/A
Category:
Availability: In stock

Scarce Early 19th Century Hand Made Slave’s Cross, hand cut from a George III 1806 copper coin, fashioned after a Katanga. In Central Africa Katangas were sand cast copper flared crosses used as currency in the 18th and 19th centuries; although resembling Maltese Crosses they had no Christian symbolism, but were a token of wealth and power. Ironically while katangas were used to buy slaves in The Congo, they were later cherished as powerful charms by slaves, and eventually were used as a national symbol by the breakaway Republic of Katanga. This piece is especially nice in having such a wonderful deep brown patina, and in having the date 1806 and George’s profile remain so centered and evident: an amazing artifact.

Measures: 1-1/8 inches diameter

X

Product has been added to cart

View Cart