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Iron Throwing Knife from Zaire [Object of the Day #4]

By: Amy Ellsworth

June 20, 2012

Iron Throwing Knife from Zaire
Iron Throwing Knife from Zaire

This Mogwandi throwing knife from Zaire has a straight iron blade slightly narrowing to a large triangular blade at right angle to the end and with pointed vertical extension at its proximal end. On the other side from the end is a vertical crescent blade. Triangular spur at base of blade on the same side as the crescent blade. The grip is a flat extension of the blade covered with netting. Engraved decoration of cross-hatched bands and triangles on one face.

Penn Museum Object #42-30-524.

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