AFRICA: CONGO (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC): iron throwing knife (356g), VF to EF

Currency:USD Category:Antiques / Ethnographic - African Start Price:125.00 USD Estimated At:250.00 - 350.00 USD
AFRICA: CONGO (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC): iron throwing knife (356g), VF to EF
190.00USD+ (38.00) buyer's premium + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2023 Jun 12 @ 10:04UTC-7 : PDT/MST
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AFRICA: CONGO (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC): iron throwing knife (356g), Opitz p.347 (plate example), Knox p.28, 46 x 32cm, consisting of three blade and a spike, decorated with simple patterns, made by the Azande people of DR Congo, CAR and South Sudan, VF to EF, ex Charles Opitz Collection. Opitz divides African metal currencies into 3 rough categories based on their utility. The first category includes objects where the distinction between their use as tools and use as money is minor. The second category includes those that retain their original shape, but are made of a finer, perhaps less practical material. Objects in the last category have completely lost their shape as practical tools and instead have a standardized weight and size, and is therefore strictly a currency. As metal was a scarce commodity in Africa before the 20th century, all three categories were considered extremely valuable and widely used in exchanges.