NGOMBÉ / DOKO / NGBANDI PRESTIGE SWORD 40, DRC

The prestige sword below has been vetted as authentic.


Photographs © Hamill Gallery


NGOMBÉ / DOKO / NGBANDI

PRESTIGE SWORD 40
27 1/2" high x 11 1/2" wide x 3 1/4" deep
DRC
$400

"This great sickle sword was found primarily among the Ngombé, Doko, and Ngbandi, but also among neighboring groups. While early examples certainly exist, the widespread distribution of this knife came somewhat later, and most examples date from after the 1940s. Despite their lethal appearance, this type was primarily used in ceremonial dances and initiations (Elsen, De fer et de fierté, 2003)."

---Ethan Rider www.ertribal.com

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