NGOMBE SWORD CURRENCY ARCHIVES, DRC


The swords below have been sold and are left here for educational and reference purposes. For available Kuba swords please go to NGOMBE SWORD CURRENCY

 

NGOMBE
Sword 44
25"
SOLD

 

NGOMBE
Sword 45
26"
SOLD

 

NGOMBE
Sword 40
24.5"
SOLD

NGOMBE
Sword 41
23"
SOLD


 

NGOMBE
Sword 31
SOLD

 

NGOMBE
Sword 33
SOLD

 

LOBALA
Sword 34
SOLD

 

NGOMBE
Sword 37
SOLD

NGOMBE
Sword 36
28.5" high
SOLD

NGOMBE
Sword 39
26.5" high
SOLD

NGOMBE
Sword 43
26" high
SOLD

NGOMBE
Sword 46
32.5" high
SOLD


 

NGOMBE
Swords 1-2
SOLD

 

NGOMBE
Sword 3
SOLD

 

KUBA
Blades 4-6
SOLD

 

NGOMBE
Sword 12
SOLD

 

NGOMBE
Sword 13
SOLD

 

NGOMBE
Sword 15
SOLD

 

NGOMBE
Sword 16
SOLD

 

NGOMBE
Sword 19
SOLD

 

NGOMBE
Sword 20
SOLD

 

NGOMBE
Sword 23
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

NGOMBE, SWORD CURRENCY, DRC

These swords have been vetted as authentic.

NGOMBE prestige blades, called Ngala, are often called Ngombe Doko (Doko is a separate tribe that also used this blade).

They are often mislabeled as "executioner's swords", displayed ceremoniously to indicate the power of life and death held by the king. Highly prized, some could have been recognized and used as currency for barter, transactions and storage of wealth.

Thanks to Ethan Rider and Dan Mato for their expertise and help in correcting my attributions.

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