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Kuba Sword Iron Blade Currency Congo African Art 23 Inch

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Title Kuba Sword Iron Blade Currency Congo African Art 23 Inch
Type of Object Knife Currency
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Kuba
Materials Iron, wood handle
Approximate Age Unknown
Dimensions Height: 23 Inches
Width: 1.5 Inches
5 inch curve
Overall Condition Good. 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.

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