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Peace Knife Ikula kuba (N° 17862)

Male accessory, 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 handle is made of metal, the shared blade of a raised rib is streaked with parallel grooves highlighting the shape of the object. The wooden handle is artistically adorned with traditional ethnic motifs that abraded usage.brSever 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 clair 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 Lenoir
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Weight0.36 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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