African art > Usual african items > Konda Knife
Parade knife with a curved blade, engraved with diamonds and chiseled with hooked prominences, extended by a wooden handle.
The Mongo group living in northwestern Congo, is renowned for its costumes, weapons, and metal jewelry, not for its almost non-existent statuary. The Konda who used this type of prestige weapons in ceremonies form one of the tribes of the group.
In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made using currants, pearls, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive coins were used in trade, social exchanges, for dowries in particular, but could also come from parade objects or jet weapons. In Sierra Leone, goods were valued against iron bars named barriferri . In 1556 in Djenné Jean-Léon ...