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Kuba Iron Sword Curved Blade Congo African Art

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Title Kuba Iron Sword Curved Blade Congo African Art
Type of Object Double-edged Sword
Country of Origin Democractic Republic of Congo
People Kuba
Materials Forged Iron, copper (unknown metal content), wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 30.5 inches long x 5.25 inches deep
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair rusting blade, dents, scrapes, cracked handle; see pictures for details.

Additional Information: A forged iron sword currency from the Kuba of the DR Congo.  

Metal, in whatever form, has value and, particularly among traditional societies, iron had value, in that it could be converted into other forms such as a hoe, a spear point, or machete. These  metal  tools and weapons carried not only symbolic meaning during bride negotiations but held practical value as well.