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Freddy 17th June 2007 07:11 PM

African throwing knife
This piece came in a lot which was sold as 'scap iron' on the internet. The lot was real cheap. And by this I mean.....REAL cheap ! ! ! :D :p :D

The picture on this auction site was bad, but I could recognize something familiar. Friday, my package weighing 15 kgs (!) finally arrived.

It contained a metal rattle, some metal snake currency (probably Lobi), a kind of metal bracelet with 4 snake heads (this one alone weighs 3,7 kgs) and fourth piece with a snake head and curved tail (mystery object).

And of course : the throwing knife. I had some difficulty in identifying this piece, but I think it comes from the Margi-tribe, living in the region Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
According to some books these pieces weren't used for throwing as the forging technique makes them too heavy. These are more uses as tools, dance knives or handheld weapons.

Total length : 70 cm.

The two added pieces measure 19 and 17 cm.

Tim Simmons 17th June 2007 07:19 PM

Nice. It would not hurt to show the other bits? :cool:

katana 17th June 2007 08:23 PM

Come on Freddy......lets see the rest of the 'scrap' :p

Freddy 18th June 2007 07:05 AM

Here comes the scrap metal
First : a three-headed Lobi snake (fetish ?)

A rattle (I'm not sure of the origin). It has a metal ball in each 'bulb'.

Freddy 18th June 2007 07:07 AM

More metal
4 Lobi snakes (with this kind of bracelet, your girlfriend won't go far) :D

And finally the mystery object. I have no clue where this one comes from, but it beautifully forged.

Tim Simmons 18th June 2007 08:13 PM

You did well. I realise it is not most peoples taste but I think they are very nice things. I particularly like the last piece which looks like some kind of forearm/wrist jewellery. I do not think it is a weapon although one could see the snakes head extending beyond a fisted hand. I would rather be poked in the eye with a burnt stick than a iron snake head. :shrug: :cool: they are all a little spooky which I like. :eek:

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