Once the copper has been mined, the impurities are removed. The refined copper is then smelted into smaller manageable bars. The “NK” on the surface stand for Nkana, which is a mine in Kitwe, modern day Zambia.

Since 1932, the Nkana mine has produced about 6 million tons of copper. Is one of the global producers of copper. Zambia also mines lead, iron-ore, silver, gold and precious stones.

This bar was donated in October 2005 by a local resident who was a farmer in Northern Rhodesia during the 1950s and 60s.

L. 94 x W. 62 H. 36 mm
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Common Name
Simple Name
Full Name
blister copper ingot
whole length 94 mm; whole W 62 mm; whole H 36 mm
Production Year High
Production Town
Nkana mine
Production County
Kitwe region
Production Country
Production Area Region
East Africa
Production Continent
Family Group

Function Detail
This copper blister relates to thirty copper bowls made at the mine to be presented to the late Queen Mother who visited in the 1950s. There is a copper bowl associated with this blister that has been on loan and displayed from Mr MacDonald since 2005. The bowl is in the ethnography store.
Collection Area Region
Collection Continent

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