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Maasai Spear Iron Blade Congo African Art 69 Inch

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Title Maasai Spear Iron Blade Congo African Art 69 Inch
Type of Object Spear
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Mongo or Maasai
Materials iron, wood, copper wire (unknown metal contents)
Approximate Age Unknown
Dimensions Height: 69.5 Inches
Width: 3.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Rusted blade and tarnished metal. minor cracks, stains in wood handle

Additional Information:  Spears of this kind are found in the Equatorial region and the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo among the Mongo and the Bangala people usually presented as a warrior people. Weapons from the Mongo peoples are among the strongest most fascinating in all Africa. different sizes also. These people have to face the wild life of the forest and all kind of dangerous animals. For this reason they have developed a broad range of weapons to protect themselves and also for hunting . In the ancient time, they had also to defend themselves against their enemies and the colonial power. Thus, spears like this served as arms during a war and also as an object of high prestige, this last function is the most important today. In many ethnic groups, spears were used as currency in payment of the dowry to the wife's familly during a marriage process.