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Pende Forged Iron Knife Currency Congo African Art

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Title Pende Forged Iron Knife Currency Congo African Art
Type of Object Knife
Country of Origin Democractic Republic of Congo
People Pende
Materials Iron, wood, copper and/or brass in handle (unknown metal content)
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 23 Inches
Width: 5.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Chipped, scraped handle. blade is jagged, chipped and rusted

Additional Information: This knife is very similar to the example published in African Weapon by Werner Fischer and Manfred A. Zirngibl. 1978, fig. 259 and identified as a Pende knife with off-centered blade and wood handle.  This was likely once a serviceable knife carried by individuals of high rank and status.