African art > Usual african items > Ngombe Sword
The handle of this rudimentary, ancient weapon is wrapped in braided vegetable fiber cords.
In northwestern Zaire, south of Oubangui, live the 6000 Moswea-Ngombe of Bantu language. Their neighbours are the Ngbandi and the Ngbaka and various groups banda . The Ngombe emigrated from Lake Victoria to East Africa. After they dispersed, some of them settled among the Ngala on the banks of the Zaire River.They knew no god but expected favors from their ancestors, including health and prosperity. Their jet knives used for hunting were used as coins. The artistic production of the Ngombe, relatively limited, was marked by the influence of neighbouring groups, Ngbandi and Ngbaka . The sculptures, most of them magical fetishes, were used by the soothsayer bendo to encourage hunting.