Jet knife - Iron, wood, leather - za ou ngwolo - Ngbaka - Democratic Republic of Congo

Description
Jet knife - Iron, wood, leather - za ou ngwolo - Ngbaka - Democratic Republic of Congo
Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Throwing Knife used by the Ngbaka people who live in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Classification of Westerdijk: S.P.XI - 5
Blade in forged iron of nice quality. All the branches of the front side are engraved with geometric motifs.
The handle is successively covered with cloth, wood and vegetable weaving.
Good condition, with traces of wear, oxidation and antiquity, quite usual for these sorts of weapons.
Similar weapons are reproduced in several books about this subject, including: Beauté fatale, armes d’Afrique centrale - J. Cornet, J. Elsen, Marc L. Félix p.2; Afrikanische Waffen - W. Fisher, M. Zirngibl p.99; Fatal beauty - Traditional weapons from central Africa - J. Elsen, M. Félix p.133 (picture 9) and Kipinga - Marc L. Félix p. 143 (picture 10).
Beautiful piece of collection.

Lot details
Object
Jet knife
Indigenous object name
za ou ngwolo
Ethnic group/ culture
Ngbaka
Region/ country
Democratic Republic of Congo
Material
Iron, wood, leather
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
310×350×25 mm
Weight
490 g
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