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An Ebony Knife - MANGBETU - D.R. Congo

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Early XXth- Before 1933 - Good condition. Provenance Bob Germ.

Vintage Mangbetu Desk Office Hand Carved Ebony Wood Paper Knife Letter Opener From a Steward on the Leopoldsville.

Provenance: - From a Steward on the Elisabethville 1933. Images here http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/2CoBelge.html#anchor1920765
- Bob Germ, Hoboken, who collect for more than 40 years.
Size: H=33 cm ( 37cm with the custom made wood stand)
Photo: Mrs Nobosodrou, wife of a Mangbetu chief, Belgian Congo. Photographer: Leon Poirier and George Specht during the French Citroen Expedition through Africa, 1925...

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Schildkrout and Keim (1990:148) note: "Mangbetu blacksmiths made a great variety of knives, each with a particular name and some with a distinctive use. Men wore new knives...as symbols of status. [...] By the early colonial period these knives were being made with anthropomorphic handles. " The present namambele dagger bears a finely-carved anthropomorphic handle representing the head of a woman with the characteristic Mangbetu ruling-class headdress.

Please note: Sold with written description of the tribe and private review by David Norden who guarantees this product's authenticity.

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Feedback score: 98.5%
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    Vendeur de haut niveau, service parfait

    PRIMDAN April 8, 2017

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    great headrest, very quick shipping, always again thanks !!!

    Wodimi March 14, 2017

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    ExquisiteAfricanArt March 6, 2017

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    L'achat n'a pu être finalisé mais le vendeur m'a appelé et j'ai accepté ses explications franches et le remboursement.

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    Transaction parfaite

    PRIMDAN February 10, 2017

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