Ethnography

Beautiful Moorish Teapot – Mauritania

Mid 20th century. Tin gr. 546,5 (23.44 oz.); copper, brass, resin decorations. Cm. 18,4 high (7.24”) x cm. 21,5 width (8.46”). Mauritania takes its name from the ancient Berber kingdom that flourished beginning in the third century BC and later became the Roman province of Mauretania, which flourished into the seventh...

Antique Hide Somali Shield – Gãschãn – East Africa

19th century.  Bleached and incised leather. Diameter cm. 30,5 (12.01″). The hide is incised with geometric patterns. Somali warriors carried an iron spear, a short sword called a belawa, and a shield called a gãschãn. Typical small Somali shields are made from giraffe or oryx and are concealed with concentric circles and...

Old Short Sword – YAKA Tribe – Southwestern DR Congo

Early to mid 20th century. Iron, leather. Cm. 56,0 in length (22.05"); the blade is cm 35,0 in lenght (13.78"). The Yaka are an African ethnic group found in southwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo, with Angola border to their west. Their oral tradition states that they migrated northwest into their current...

Masai (Maasai) Knife – SEME – Kenya

Old Seme Knife in a red scabbard. Mid 20th century. Steel blade, red hide scabbard. Cm. 51,0 in length (20.08"); the blade is cm. 37,5 in lenght (14.76"). Weight: grams 402,4 (14.19 oz.). The Seme (sime) is the constant sidearm of the Maasai (Masai) man.  It is a light short sword with a double-edged,...