|Title||Mangbetu Knife Currency Trumbash Trombasc Congo African|
|Type of Object||Knife, currency|
|Country of Origin||Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Materials||Iron, wood handle|
|Approximate Age||20th Century|
|Dimensions||15.5 inches long x 5.5 inches wide|
|Damage/Repair||Rust, cracked handle as seen, dents, tarnishing, dirt and general wear|
Additional Information: A knife in the shape of a billhook coming from the Mangbetu from the Democratic Republic of Congo.Knives of this form were also found among their neighbors, The Zande (Azande). Double edged and hooked blades such as this were carried by chiefs and social elites as indicators of their rank and prestige. They were given as gifts to visiting dignitaries and foreigners to mark visits or trade agreements. An early drawing by Schweinfurth dating to June, 1870 shows King Munsa holding a similar knife as a badge of office.
Ballarinini. R. “Black Africas Traditional Arms”. 1992. pp. 87,89.
Spring, C. Africa Arms and Armour, 1993. p. 64
Werner Fischer and Manfred A. Zirngibl. African Weapons. Knives. Daggers. Swords. Axes. Trrowing Knufes. Prinz-Verlag-Passau, 1978. pp. 64-68