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Stylized, copper version of iron throwing knive, used as currency and for tribute-giving.
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Height: 41 centimetres
Width: 16 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- In common with many other Central and Sudanic African peoples, the Azande made and used throwing knives as currency before the introduction of imported scrap metal and coinage in the twentieth century.
Produced by the Nzakara and Ngbandi, vassal peoples on the periphery of Azande influence, these stylized, copper versions of iron throwing knives were circulated throughout the Azande kingdoms, along with a wide range of luxury items. They were not exchanged on a commercial basis, but rather as part of a complex system of tribute-giving which maintained the delicate balance of power which existed in the de-centralized Azande empire.
C.J. Spring, African arms and armour (London, The British Museum Press, 1993)
- On display (G25/dc18)
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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