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Mangbetu Knife Currency Trumbash Trombasc Congo African

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Title Mangbetu Knife Currency Trumbash Trombasc Congo African
Type of Object Knife, currency
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Mangbetu
Materials Iron, wood handle
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions 15.5 inches long x 5.5 inches wide
Overall Condition Fair
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.

Recopmmemded Reading:

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