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Old 18th June 2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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Default Help wanted for African artifacts

Hello all,
I recently found several I believe African artifacts. I am attaching photos of the biggest one of which I wonder if it is a ceremonial spearhead, staff, currency or what? It is made of iron, 25.5 inches long .Opinions are very welcome. Thank you.
Eduardo.
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Old 19th June 2011, 08:25 AM   #2
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Hi

These spears with two or more points are thought to have been used by native diviners/medical practitioners/rainmakers or similar. Nice piece, perhaps from the Sudan area ?
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Old 23rd June 2011, 11:20 PM   #3
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Colin,
Thanks for the info. I really donīt know the origin, perhaps someone else can help with this. Do you have any idea how old it could be? I know it has no relation but when I found it, it was very rusted, this is why I have to clean it and maybe it now looks quite new.
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Old 24th June 2011, 06:49 PM   #4
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Hi Eduardo

Its hard to estimate the age, but certainly pre-1950 at least.

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Colin,
Thanks for the info. I really donīt know the origin, perhaps someone else can help with this. Do you have any idea how old it could be? I know it has no relation but when I found it, it was very rusted, this is why I have to clean it and maybe it now looks quite new.
Regards,
Eduardo
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