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Mangbetu Parade Knife (N° 18017)


Among the traditional African weapons, this knife with a tapered curved blade has a ringed wooden handle. Parade weapons above all, the sickle knives of the Mangbetu formed accessories appreciated during the ritual ceremonies danced and during visits. Established in the forest in northeastern Zaire, between Bomokandi and the River Uele, the Mangbetu kingdom was expressed through architectural works that fascinated European visitors in the 19th century. Several groups established in the south of the Uele were placed under the authority of the Mangbetu kingdom as early as 1820: Bangaba, Makere, Mamvu, etc. A proliferation of prestigious objects, as well as utilitarian objects, were produced for dignitaries.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyMangbetu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height40
Width21
Weight1.13 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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