Double Sickle Blade, bango or bwagogambanza
Lobala/Ngbaka/Bondjo, D.R. Congo
Early 20th century
21.25 in :: 54 cm
In abstract human form, the Bango blade displays symmetry and sophistication. Elsen describes the function of this blade type as "luxury weapons for notables and chiefs." They were also used ceremonially, notably in initiation rites for young men. The small circular imprints on the surface of this blade indicate its origin from the Lobala, rather than the Ngbaka or Bondjo, who also created a very similar blade (Gosseau, Tribal Arms Monographs Vol. 1 Nº2, 1997).
Inventory # 102749
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