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Kwele Forged Iron Ceremonial Knife African
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Title: Kwele Ceremonial  Knife
Type of Object: Ceremonial "Throwing" Knife
Ethnic Group: Kwele
Country of Origin: Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)
Materials: Forged iron
Approximate Age: 19th -20th Century.
Dimensions: 37 inches Long
Overall Condition: Fair.   Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage, Repair: Rusted surface, scratches, stains.

Additional Information: This well forged knife is similar in shape to the throwing knives known throughout the central and western Sudan.  This was is coming from the Kwele people in the Republic of Congo in Central Africa Knives such as this were forged to originally serve as weapons.  They were used as throwing knives. Though no longer used as weapons they are carried as insignia of authority during ceremonies and parades.  Also the inherent value of forged iron lends prestige to its owner in that it has value as a type of currency. 

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