In travel accounts of the late 19th century and early 20th century, the use of curved blade knives as emblems of prestige among the Mangbetu is well documented. These African knives were carried in the right hand or sometimes hung on the shoulder, but not stuck in a belt. These traditional knives seem to be elaborations of the utility bush knife. Both dramatic and elegant with its pierced and curved shape, the blade is made of very wrought iron and the wooden handle simple, although examples are known with ivory handles.
- Presumed dating
- Circa 1940
- Ethnic group
- Wood, metal
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Tribal art collection Belgium
- Very good