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Old 22nd January 2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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Smile Flyssa Cake Server?

Seriously, check out this little "double flyssa" that just ended:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...em=380097094931

I assume fairly modern, but since the occassional "flyssa as half a leaf blade" theory shows up on occassion here I thought it might be of interest to some....
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Old 22nd January 2009, 04:13 PM   #2
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Nope that is an Algerian peanut butter spreader.


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Old 22nd January 2009, 04:18 PM   #3
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Oh, good grief!!
Really though, it is interesting that the heritage of significant weapons is often maintained within the material culture and often in implements or tools. The flyssa was a most important weapon in Kabylia, and more broadly in certain congruent regional Berber culture throughout the 19th century, possibly earlier. It in many ways it was an element of rite of passage for young Kabyle men in obtaining his own personal sword, and the costume like, interpretive 'wedding' forms of these swords are well known. Perhaps, this interesting item, with familiar apotropaic symbols, was fashioned to accompany the theme of these, as a wedding cake serving knife.

Outstanding! Thanks for posting it Radleigh.

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Old 22nd January 2009, 04:22 PM   #4
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Maybe a sharpening steel?
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Old 22nd January 2009, 08:59 PM   #5
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I followed this ....with similar thoughts I believe the seller is a member of this forum and was hoping for further info on this piece. Not a weapon ( I'm sure cakes would disagree ) but it does have alot of the iconic symbolism from the region...where this is said to come from.

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