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Ngala People, Ceremonial Execution Knife

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Ngala People, Ceremonial Execution Knife

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. See page 57 Black Africa's Traditional Arms, Roberto Ballarini. Overall length 30.5 inches, blade 22 inches.

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