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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Weapons : Pre 1950 item #1007243 (stock #MI-52.sg)
CLARKE & CLARKE Art + Artifacts
$195.00
This short sword is worn by the peoples of Djibouti and adjacent areas of Ethiopia and Somalia. The nicely carved wood hilt is adorned with patinated brass tacks and an inverted brass cone at the pommel. The curved blade appears to have been made from a metal wagon or car spring. The natural leather scabbard and belt are very dry from age. The original scabbard seems to have been sewn up the back with a piece of fine wire, as can be seen in the photo of the throat...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Weapons : Pre 1940 item #1007137 (stock #MI-53.gs)
CLARKE & CLARKE Art + Artifacts
$250.00
Although documented as a sword, this example of a Seme is smaller than usual. Almost as though it was created for an important youth, it is none the less is a well forged and sharp blade housed in a hide scabbard, dyed with natural pigment, in traditional red. The belt is worked to simulate reptile skin and is original to the sword. The scabbard also has a metal and bead adornment at the tip...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Weapons : Pre 1950 item #1007406 (stock #MI-55sg)
CLARKE & CLARKE Art + Artifacts
$250.00
Called Trumbash by the Mangbetu, this artistically appealing knife has been the subject of much misinformation. According to both Werner Fischer and Verlag Morsak, this well forged knife was for prestige. Worn or carried at important events, it symbolized the importance and wealth of the individual owners. Iron had to be traded for at great expense and thus represented power in all its forms...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Weapons : Pre 1920 item #1246701 (stock #TA-004-tgs)
CLARKE & CLARKE Art + Artifacts
$850.00
While the construction and decorative design suggests that this unusual shield may be from the southern Sudan, Somalia or even Ethiopia the shape and handle do not. The sturdy, cured hide, rolled rim and geometric designs are all reminiscent of the region yet the long, contoured oval is a shape we shave not previously encountered. The surface is very worn from use and age, obscuring much of the traditional design on the face and is dark from rubbing with oil or fat...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Weapons : Pre 1950 item #1253884 (stock #TA-5-mk)
CLARKE & CLARKE Art + Artifacts
$1,450.00
While catalogued as Tussi in the collection from which it was acquired, shields of this general type could at one time be seen in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Northwest Tanzania and even Eastern Zaire. This style, in various forms, was used not only by the Tussi but also by the Kiga, Hutu, Fuliro and even by some Lega. In oval form with woven cane packed with mud, kaolin and ochre pigment coloring that is banded around a white center with a wood protrusion...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Weapons : Pre 1960 item #1065895 (stock #TA-57-GW)
CLARKE & CLARKE Art + Artifacts
$650.00
The Ngala People live in the northern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo along a great bend of the River Congo. This dramatic knife was used during ceremonies associated with the execution of a captured prisoner. This well crafted example has incised patterns on both sides of the blade and is mounted in a carved hardwood handle finished with a metal wrap. The metal is darkened with age and has a modest amount of pitting along the upper blade edges. Mid 20th C...