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Kuba Ikul Knife (N° 17112)

The Ikula knife (peace knife) is not a weapon but a symbol of social status. This symbol of authority was very little sharpened. The Kuba blacksmiths were able to draw inspiration from the knives of Benin, whose shape is similar, introduced by the Dutch. It was following a royal decree that wooden knives appeared, the king forbidding iron on full moon nights. The blade is open with geometric patterns reminiscent of the polychrome checkerboards adorning the masks of the ethnic group. The handle is made of wood, its decorative engravings are abraded, giving an elegant grey patina.
Severy tribes make up the Kuba group, established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers: Bushoong, Ngeendé, Binji, Wongo, Kété, etc. Each of them has produced a variety of sculptures, statues, prestigious objects, masks, frequently decorated with geometric patterns.
The Kuba, whose name means " flash " also produced African tools and weapons, including jet knives, which later became transaction values, and heavy swords of war, Ilwoon .
 

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Origincollection belge
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, alumidnium
Height40
Width9
Weight0.15 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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