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Zande Throwing Knife Iron Blade Currency Congo African Art

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Title Zande Throwing Knife Iron Blade Currency Congo African Art
Type of Object Knife / Sword
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Zande, possibly NgombeĀ 
Materials Forged Iron
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 15 Inches
Depth: 10.75 Inches
Overall Condition fair.
Damage/Repair no handle. chipping and bent metal. dirt, rust

Additional Information : This well used example of knife is forged with complex shapes blades beautifuly cast. The handle has been removed. Such knives belong to kings, princes, and warlord. They were used as  "throwing" knives by warriors during combat. These knives were thrown vertically against the enemy. Today these knives are used as ritual or prestige objects, and emblems of authority.

For comparative pieces and more information see:

Westerdijk, Peter, the African Throwing Knife. 1988; Norman Hurt, NGOLA. THE WEAPON AS AUTHORITY, IDENTITY, AND RITUAL OBJECT IN Sub-SAHARAN AFRICA, Hurst Gallery.1997