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African Art / Works from the Swiss collection of Walter Schwab

Wednesday 13 October 2021, 05:00 PM • Milan


NGOMBE Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa)


€ 400 - 500


€ 576

The price includes buyer's premium


h 45 cm
Region of the Ubangi River to its border with the Central African Republic.
Throwing knife.
Forged iron blade engraved on the front, traces of “smallpox” on the metal owing to rusting Local name: NgwoloKnife produced and also used by the neighbouring Togbo, Banja and Ngbandi groups.It was used both as a weapon and as an object with which to show off during tribal ceremonies. During combat, it was thrown horizontally at enemies. The blades, rotating like a circular cutter, became a terrible attacking weapon for whoever was unfortunate enough to be hit by one.It was also used as currency during business transactions and in marriage contracts.The refined incisions on the blade are characteristic of the weaponry of this group.


FISCHER WERNER & ZIRNGIBL MANFRED A., Afrikanische Waffen, Passau 1978, pagg. 98 e 99 (202);
FELIX MARC LEO, Kipinga: Throwing-Blades of Central Africa, Munchen 199, pag. 149 (268)

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