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Old 24th June 2017, 05:12 AM   #1
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Default East African ?? Dagger

I believe this is from east Africa but need your expert knowledge. I have a chance to own it but want to know if it's a tourist piece or a local used one. Approx. 12 inch overall with blade length about 7 1/2 inches long.
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Old 25th June 2017, 07:28 AM   #2
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When I used to collect African arms I never got one of these. I think these are Cameroon? Somebody will know .
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Old 25th June 2017, 12:21 PM   #3
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Thanks Tim,
I kind of like this stuff but know nothing about it. I don't want tourist pieces if I can help it.
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Old 25th June 2017, 12:26 PM   #4
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Correction Liberia. Not tourist.
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Old 26th June 2017, 04:51 AM   #5
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Thanks Tim!
I did a search and found the same style dagger in another post. Manding people in west Africa. You were correct except they are in more than Liberia.
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Terry, are you absolutely satisfied with the Mandingo attribution? To me it seems that as we know very little about the weapons of West Africa compared to other regions of the world, there is a tendency to attribute almost everything coming from that part of the world to the Mandinka, with very little actual research to confirm this is indeed the case.

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Old 27th June 2017, 07:26 AM   #7
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Another good exemplar.
Usually refered to in many text books as Mandingo. See for example: Manfred A. Zirngibl & Alexander Kubetz, "panga na visu" page20 Fig 4
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Old 28th June 2017, 03:31 AM   #8
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Terry, are you absolutely satisfied with the Mandingo attribution? To me it seems that as we know very little about the weapons of West Africa compared to other regions of the world, there is a tendency to attribute almost everything coming from that part of the world to the Mandinka, with very little actual research to confirm this is indeed the case.

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I'm not sure about anything as I learn something new ever day.
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Another good exemplar.
Usually refered to in many text books as Mandingo. See for example: Manfred A. Zirngibl & Alexander Kubetz, "panga na visu" page20 Fig 4


Thanks much Oriental-Arms,
That really clears it up pretty good.
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