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Mongo War Knife Iron Currency Blade African

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Title Mongo War Knife Iron Currency Blade African
Type of Object knife, weapon
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Mongo
Materials Iron, wood
Approximate Age Early to Mid 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 20.25 Inches
Width: 2.75 Inches
Overall Condition fair to good
Damage/Repair Rusting surface, cracks, holes and chips in handle

Additional Information: A fine example of this type of warriors weapon  found among the Mongo and a number of related people including the  Konda, Kusu and Tetela.In the past, this hand forged iron knife was used as a combat weapon.  Today  knives of this kind are still made but they have became prestige objects and served in ceremonies. 

Recommended Reading: Fischer, W. and W.A. Zirngibl. “African Weapons”. 1978;
Norman Hurt, Ngola.. The Weapon as Authority, Identity, And Ritual Object In Sub-Sahaan Africa. 

Roberto Ballari, Plack Africa's Traditional Arms, Africa Curio, Milano, 1992