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Old 18th October 2006, 06:40 PM   #1
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Old 18th October 2006, 06:44 PM   #2
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I rather fancy you did well.

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Old 18th October 2006, 06:51 PM   #3
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Very nice!! Congratulations!! It's a good period for you, Lew !!!
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Old 18th October 2006, 08:16 PM   #4
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Very nice piece............You sniped me, Lew !

Oh well, next time I'll have some more luck

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Old 18th October 2006, 09:56 PM   #5
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Good price...nice piece Lew,
interestingly a 'Discovery' programme about the British Museum, had a section regarding African throwing knives. The type you have have recently acquired is now considered unlikely a throwing Knife. One of the museum's researchers was investigating the throwing knife phenomena and had been talking to Tribesmen (cant remember the Tribe) whom carrying this style of knife (over the shoulder) He wanted to see the technique (of throwing) and the 'flight' of the knife. They(the tribal members) were amazed and confused as to why anyone would want to throw something so valueable. He likened it to him throwing his camcorder to see if it was aerodynamic.............so there is the probability that newer litrature will 'de-classify' this type of knife from being a 'throwing' knife........

If the programme is repeated I will try and discover the Tribe/tribes name/names....
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Old 19th October 2006, 12:26 PM   #6
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Very elegant form... I have always thought that this was a currency weapon only, PAKUDO ? from Dem. Rep. Congo
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Old 19th October 2006, 02:21 PM   #7
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I believe this form is found other a vast band of sub Saharan/equatorial Africa. This version is from North East Nigeria/North Cameroon.
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Old 19th October 2006, 03:16 PM   #8
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Hi Tim, Bill,
I was wondering whether there are any theories as to the form of this type of knife. Tim's example has the 'stylised' look of Arabic script ...below is Allah in script form.....notice the curves and form
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Old 19th October 2006, 05:34 PM   #9
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I am unaware of any Islamic influence to the origin of these artifacts. Some of the people that they are attributed to are subject to modern Islamic dominance, not all I might add. The origins are Animistic, pre-Islamic and are said to represent animal forms such as snake and scorpion. The Islamic influence on the west African Animists is less forceful and more diffuse it appears.
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Thanks Tim......it was just a thought...
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Old 22nd October 2006, 10:42 AM   #11
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Nice Matakam TK Lew
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