Mongo, Konda, DR Congo: An old short sword, with beautifully decorated blade, wooden handle and wooden scabbard

Description
Mongo, Konda, DR Congo: An old short sword, with beautifully decorated blade, wooden handle and wooden scabbard
Around 1900 to 1st Third 20th century.

The Konda are part of the Mongo group and live in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo. The Konda and some of their neighbours used such short swords during an earlier period.

The present sword with scabbard is obviously very old. The locally forged, double-edged iron sword (L: 27 cm) has a central ridge and a two-sided, top-of-the-line decor made of forged dense lines and diamonds (L: approx. 15 cm). The handle and the scabbard are made of wood and are black in colour. Handle and sheath have some very old breaks, and cracks. The whole object shows a convincing patina of use. Length: 43 cm sword and velvet sheath:

Around 1900 to 1st Third 20th century.

Literature:
‘Beaute Fatale. Armes d'Afrique Centrale' by Jean-Marie Duvosquel & Jacques Deraeve, figure 388, 389, 390;
‘Afrikanische Waffen’ by Werner Fischer & Manfred Zirngibl, figure 319

Provenance:
From an Austrian collection.

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