AFRICAN WEAPON FORMS / CURRENCY



 KUBA
Knife
Currency
 

KUBA
"Ikula"
Knives
 

 

NGOMBE
Prestige
Swords

  KUBA
Mongo
Knives
 

POTO
Knife
Currency

 

KUBA
Knives 2
Catalog
 

 KUBA
Knives
Catalog

MANGBETU
Knife
Currency

KUBA
Mongo
Knives

MATAKAM
Sengese
Knives


AKAN
Afena
Swords

LOBALA
Prestige
Swords

LOBI
Iron Knife Bells

VARIOUS
Throwing Knives

BENIN
Objects
 

VARIOUS
Throwing Knives


KUBA
Sword
Currency

 

KUBA
Spears
Catalog

MUMUYE
Currency
Catalog

BAMANA
Lance 4
27.5", $350

ASANTE,
Knives
Catalog



KUBA
Speartips
Catalog

 

TARUMBA
"Spear"
Currency

TARUMBA
"Spear"
Currency

AFRICAN
HELMETS
Catalog

AFRICAN
WARRIORS
Exhibition

AFRICAN
WARRIORS
Exhibition
 

AFRICAN
WARRIORS
Exhibition

AFRICAN
SHIELDS
Catalog

Photographs © Tim Hamill

AFRICAN WEAPONS AND WEAPON FORMS

Knives, axes, currency blades and spears, most made of forged iron, attest to the skills in metal of the blacksmiths of many traditional African peoples. Most exhibit an inventive variety of form and workmanship far beyond what was functionally necessary. Some functioned as weapons. Many , however, were solely for ceremonial or ritual use, or displayed for prestige or status. The largest selections also served as currency, with forms made in the style of weapons, but not functional.

All of these are as we obtained them. Many of the currencies, especially, are 19th C. and will exhibit some rust or erosion. Some collectors and dealers prefer the knives highly cleaned, even ground down to the raw metal, then polished. This can be done to any of our knives but it is not a reversible process and we do not do it.

If you are looking for a particular tribe or object pleases check our alphabetical list of images and catalogs.

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