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Pende Forged Iron Knife Currency Congo African Art

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Title Pende Forged Iron Knife Currency Congo African Art
Type of Object Knife
Country of Origin DR Congo
People Pende
Materials Iron, wood, copper and/or brass in handle (unknown metal content)
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 20 Inches
Width: 4 Inches
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: This knife is very similar to the example published in African Weapon by Werner Fischer and Manfred A. Zirngibl. 1978, fig. 259 and identified as a Pende knife with off-centered blade and wood handle.  This was likely once a serviceable knife carried by individuals of high rank and status.