Weapons

Turkana Fighting Finger Knife – Ngigolio – Kenya

Turkana Fighting Finger Knife – Ngigolio – Kenya

Mid 20th century. Hand wrought iron and copper wire. Cm. 6,9 high x cm. 4,3 width (2.72″ x 1.69″); grams 26,8 (0.95 oz.). “The Turkana are the finest fighting men in East Africa”, so, without so many preambles, Mr. Crampton defined his subjects when he was appointed a politacal officer in Turkanaland. He is echoed by […]

Tebu Knife – Libya

Tebu Knife – Libya

Early 20th century. Steel blade, leather and copper handle, hide scabbard. Cm. 38,0 in length (14.96″); the blade is cm. 24,7 in lenght (9.72″). Weight: grams 241,2 (8.51 oz.). The Toubou people have historically lived in northern Chad, northwestern Niger and southern Libya. The Toubou people are distributed across a large area in the central Sahara, as […]

Kirdi Shield – Cameroon

Kirdi Shield – Cameroon

Cow hide cm. 70,0 high x cm. 41,0 width (27.56″ x 16.14″). This is a classic shield shaped from the Kirdi of Cameroon. Has a rectangular raised centre with a double compass design around. There are hundreds of bumps throughout the front, creating a textured sculptural object. The name of Kirdi – which in Arabic means […]

Berber Gun Powder Flask – North Morocco

Berber Gun Powder Flask – North Morocco

Early 20th century. Leather, The piece is cm. 17,8 high (7.01″); grams 644,0 (22,72 oz.). Berbers are the indigenous ethnic group of North Africa. They are continuously distributed from the Atlantic to the Siwa oasis in Egypt, and from the Mediterranean to the Niger River.The name Berber appeared for the first time after the end of the Roman […]

Chokwe Fighting Axe – Angola

Chokwe Fighting Axe – Angola

Early 20th century. Iron, wood. Cm. 29,0 high (11.42″); weight: grams 184,0 (6.49 oz.). Very good condition. A small fighting axe of the Chokwe people from Angola. Steel blade in perfect condition showing no significant oxidation. Please share this content if you like it:

Mangbetu Currency Knife – Trombash – DR Congo

Mangbetu Currency Knife – Trombash – DR Congo

Early 20th century. Iron, wood. Cm. 39,0 high (15.35″); weight: grams 548,0 (19.33 oz.). This sickle-shaped knife, although reminiscent of a throwing knife, was not used as a weapon but as a form of currency and as a symbol of rank among the Mangbetu people. The blade is of locally forged iron. It is in fine […]

Amhara Shield – Hippo Skin – Ethiopia

Amhara Shield – Hippo Skin – Ethiopia

Circular form with punched, protruding raisings. Leather bound handle. Width 55 cm (21.65″). The region Amhara is extends over the ancient provinces of Bégemder, Godjam and includes a part of the ancient province of Wollo. The Amhara people speak about ” the Amharic “, official language of Ethiopia. Amhara shields in former times were carried […]

Cerimoniale Staff – Lia / Nkundu / Konda – DR Congo

Cerimoniale Staff – Lia / Nkundu / Konda – DR Congo

Iron, wood. cm. 41,2 high x cm. 7,4 width (16.22″ x 2.91); weight: grams 105,0 (3.70 oz.). Prestige scepter like this, dating from the colonial period, have sometimes been used in major barter transactions. See tribal Arms monographs Volume 2 “Performing Knives and derivatives” of Christian Gosseau, Brussels 1997 Figs 87-88. Please share this content if […]

Himba Knife – Kunene Region (Kaokoland), Namibia

Himba Knife – Kunene Region (Kaokoland), Namibia

Leather, iron, wood. The piece is cm 44,5 in lenght (17,51″). The blade is cm. 27,5 high (10.82″). The Himba (or OvaHimba) are indigenous peoples living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene Region (formerly Kaokoland) and on the other side of the Kunene River in Angola. The Himba are considered the last (semi-) nomadic, pastoralist […]

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