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Old 23rd March 2014, 03:33 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I recently acquired this African Throwing Knife, and would appreciate members' comments. I know little of this type of weapon and I own little in the way of african references. I suspect that this is an old and important example of its type, but I have been wrong before...

All comments much appreciated,

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Old 23rd March 2014, 03:39 AM   #2
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Dimensions: H = 37cm; W = 37.5cm
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Old 23rd March 2014, 08:50 AM   #3
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After a little research here and elsewhere (apologies for not doing this before posting), I think I think I can safely assume this is an Ngbaka-Mabo throwing knife. I would still like more information if possible. If anyone has the time and inclination to scan some references for me, I would greatly appreciate it. How old might it be?

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Old 23rd March 2014, 09:19 AM   #4
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Very nice one too.
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Old 23rd March 2014, 10:11 AM   #5
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Hi Russel, beautiful throwing knife! In Panga Na Visu it is described as Ngbaka-Manza, Gbaya, Mabo, Yangere, Bokoto in origin and named as moko-ndo, ngangba, za sali and nengele. I will take a picture later this day.

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Old 23rd March 2014, 12:24 PM   #6
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Yes nice exemple, the models with copper dots are researched. It seems to have been covered with varnish, it was used at the first half of the 20th to prevent iron from rust.
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Old 23rd March 2014, 12:28 PM   #7
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Hi Russel,

here the picture from Panga Na Visu, very similar knife.
Again, beautiful knife with good age IMHO.

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