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.
- Jet knife
- Indigenous object name
- za ou ngwolo
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Iron, wood, leather
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 310×350×25 mm
- 490 g