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Old 17th May 2021, 05:55 PM   #1
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Continuing with the African motif is what I believe to be a Chokwe-Lunda sword. the handle is badly damaged & at one time it probably had brass tacks.
The sword blade in my personal opinion is very well done and pleasing as are the arrows; I think the metal workmanship is on par with Mogul or Indian arrowheads.
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Old 18th May 2021, 10:41 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your new pieces
That sword blade looks to be rather more substantial than most. I am not doubting you, but why do you think Chokwe? This shape of blade seems to be used quite widely in central DRC, and looking at the remains of the hilt I would have guessed first at Bena Lulua (with a wide margin for error).
Maybe you can post bigger pictures and someone might be able to add more.
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Old 18th May 2021, 03:08 PM   #3
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Thanks. There were a couple of close calls on the sword, but I looked it up on a popular site here that Sajen first introduced me to(www.africanarms.com), and it looked like the closest match.
I will post better pictures.
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Old 18th May 2021, 07:47 PM   #4
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Pictures as promised. The sword blade is 21" x 2" wide.
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Old 19th May 2021, 06:21 PM   #5
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The better pictures are a big help. Now I can see the remnants of the copper wire decoration on the hilt and pattern on the blade. Both suggest Yaka/Chokwe to me. Blade shape and size is consistent too. These usually have a leather covered hilt, often held in place by many brass studs. There are a couple of pictures on the site you linked to. Yaka are geographically close to Chokwe, and there is some cross over in weapons shapes and decoration.
Very nice blade, I agree.
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Thanks.
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