MANGBETU - D.R. Middle of the 20th century - Good condition
Original Trumbash iron throwing knife - Mangbetu. A knife in the form of a Billhook from the Mangbetu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These objects were also often used as a method of payment. Knives of this type were also found among their neighbous, the Zande (Azande). Double sharp and angular blades as they were worn by Chiefs and social elites as indicators of their rank and prestige. They were given as a gift when visiting dignitaries and foreigners to mark trade agreements. An early drawing by Schweinfurth dated June 1870 shows King Munsa holding a similar knife as token of his function.
Iron, wooden handle, copper wire and nails. Comes with the book The Cutting Edge by A.M. Schmidt & Westerdijk Geseald
Former collection H.Snoeijs. NL.
Will be shipped with UPS - Mondial Relay or GLS, with track and trace.
41 cm length 20.5 cm wide at the tip.
Weight: 520 grams
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