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 condition showing no significant oxidation. The blade has a prominent curve and is double-edged.

It has two circular holes. These might have been used to indicate the number of wives the owner had.

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