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African Art | Works from the Swiss collection of Walter Schwab

Wednesday 13 October 2021 • Milan

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BENGE, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), region of the Uele River.

Estimate

€ 400 - 600

Price realized

€ 896

The price includes buyer's premium

Information

h 75 cm
Parade sabre.
Forged iron blade with patterns engraved on the front. Wood handle wrapped in spirals of rope and iron twin lead. An attachment in the shape of a half-moon on the lower part of the blade was used to fasten it with a leather lace, enabling the user to keep the weapon at their wrist.
The Benge, also known as Mobenge in the past, live in an area between 23° and 24° latitude, marked by the Uele River to the north and the Likati River to the south. Their culture was influenced by neighbouring groups, such as the Ngbandi, Zande, Boa and Ababoa.

Literature

ELSEN JAN & VARIOUS AUTHORS "Beauté Fatale: Armes d'Afrique Centrale" Crédit Communal, Brussels 1992 pag. 177 (292);
ELSEN JAN, "Tribal arms monographs: Les armes-faucilles - Vol. I, N°1 partie I" Brussels 1996, pag. 54 and 55 (525);

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