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Kusu Tribal Knife, ca. 1900
About 60,000 Kusu live in the Southeastern Congo (Zaire)
along the left bank of the
Lualaba River. Formerly a hunting society, in recent years they have become more
sedentary and have turned to agriculture and fishing. They tend to live in small villages
isolated from each other. This knife features 9 ˝" blade in a Christmas Tree shape
with medial ridge; sharpened on all edges except the angled back. Hardwood grip with
integral large disk pommel. Collection label on pommel. Very similar example
illustrated in Figs. 216, 217 in “Afrikanische Waffen”, by Fischer & Zirngibl.
Overall length 12 ˝".
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