Old Mangbetu Currency Knife – Trombash – DR Congo
Early 20th century. Iron, wood, traces of paint. Cm. 38,1 high (15.00″); weight: grams 444,3 (15.17 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.
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