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Peace Knife Ikula Kuba (N° 17166)

The Ikula knife (peace knife) is not a weapon but a symbol of social status. This symbol of authority was very little sharpened. The Kuba blacksmiths were able to draw inspiration from the knives of Benin, whose shape is similar, introduced by the Dutch. It was following a royal decree that wooden knives appeared, the king forbidding iron on full moon nights.
The handle is made of metal, the shared blade of an embossed rib engraved with criss-cross lines adopts an unusual shape of an inverted pear. The holes on the blade would be associated with the number of wives of its holder.

Severy tribes make up the Kuba group, established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers: Bushoong, Ngeendé, Binji, Wongo, Kété, etc. Each of them has produced a variety of sculptures, statues, prestigious objects, masks, frequently decorated with geometric patterns.
The Kuba, whose name means clair also produced African tools and weapons, including jet knives, which later became transaction values, and heavy swords of war, Ilwoon.
 

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Originex-collection E. Caldwell
EthnyKuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, copper
Height37
Width12
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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