Lot: 382

93rd Tribal Art Auction

Sword knife with spherical fur knob

D. R. Congo, Ngombe / Poto / Doko

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Adalbert von Alföldy, Eislingen, Germany (1977)
Hubert Pettenkofer, Passau, Germany
L: 24.8 inch 250 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

steel, wood, brass, fur, In 1984 Westerdijk referred to the anthropomorphic form of this type of sword, with the fur ball filled with magical herbs forming the head.


Westerdijk, P., African metal implements, weapons, tools and regalia, New York 1984, p. 30, ill. 118