LARGE IMPRESSIVE 19TH C. CONGO THROWING KNIFE, W/ WIREWORK SHAFT
Origin: Central Africa, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Gbaya People (Provenance: Acquired from the Roger Milne collection of Arms and Armor in London)
Period/Date: Late 19th C.
Materials: forged iron, wood, copper, brass, animal hide, brass tacks
Description: This very fine quality knife is presented on a custom bronze display base. It has an exceptionally large bird-like head featuring a pair of inset copper rivets. Note how the back side of the head has a serrated cutting edge! Its shaft is covered with stitched hide and is wrapped with both copper and brass braided wire. This is the best example of this type of throwing knife we've seen. It is a tribute to the skill, artistry and craftsmanship of the blacksmith who made it. Some pitting and minor rust. Wood handle has a stable age crack and several missing tacks.
Dimensions: Height 23" (58.5 cm), Width 12.75" (32.5 cm)