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 South African Tribal Weapons

Armes de Combat de l’Afrique du Sud

Südafrikanische Waffen



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Tsonga Knobkerrie


Circa 1900


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This old multiple disk prestige knob was rediscovered in Germany. Indigenous repairs have been made with brass or copper wire. From 1850, the Berlin Mission Society had a presence in Tsonga - Shangaan and Venda regions.





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Fully beaded Knobkerrie


Shangaan - Tsonga - Mozambique





This fully beaded Knobkerrie of South East African origin is threaded on sinew, a practice localized to tribal people living in Southern Africa.





We strongly feel the personalized status object was used as a sign of stature by a traditional healer. There are periodic beaded sections made with striped white "with four navy blue lines" - beads traditionally used exclusively by Nguni Sangoma or Basotho Ngaka. In addition, the object was rediscovered with an amount of beaded gourds that appear to be of circa 1940 Tsonga Shangaan origin. (UK) Related gourds were used by South East African traditional doctors as medicinal charms. 






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Ovambo Double Dagger

Circa 1900






Expertly Restored and Mounted - Early Collected Ovambo Knife

Personal knives of Ovambo men are called “omukonda”. They were  made in various lengths and usually from the wood of the monkey guava tree called Omuandi or Omwandi. Double examples such as this are exceedingly rare.





These objects are unique and comparatively restricted to use in a small area. They were found from Etosha in the south, Humbe and the Ovamouilla to the west, the Ovaloplolo or Ovamoilla to the north west, the Uukuanyama to the north, the Ovakuangari to the east and downstream to the Mambukushu. P. MÖLLER / 1899, JOURNEY IN AFRICA THROUGH ANGOLA, OVAMPOLAND AND DAMARALAND pgs 47, 48

MÖLLER writes:
It should be added that the natives always go round armed to the teeth, even in their villages and among the huts. They barter their weapons from native traders from the tribes in Ovampoland, where there is iron that is worked by the natives. P. MÖLLER / 1899, JOURNEY IN AFRICA THROUGH ANGOLA, OVAMPOLAND AND DAMARALAND pgs 90, 91





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Shona Bakatwa Knife


Shona Knife and Scabbard




Bakatwa Knife and Scabbard - Circa 1920

The bakatwa knife on offer was re-discovered in South African in a colonial context.


Portuguese recorded the personal knives and swords of the Shona / Karanga people from the 15th century. They are called bakatwa. Small examples were worn on the upper arm, while larger versions were strapped to the hip. An attachment hole was carved to the forward side of the scabbard. Scabbards were carved in two sections. A flared foot served to ensure the lower binding did not slip off. Blades were predominately “ogee in section” or “blood grooved”.


Ogee: (plural ogees) noun - S-shaped curve: a decorative double curve like an elongated and flattened S (Late 17th century. Alteration of ogive)

Blood Grooved: (easy in - easy out) A remarkable stabbing invention!






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Himba Spear


Southern Angola - Namibia




Peter August Möller - 1885


Swedish Captain Peter August Moller hunted in Southern Angola and present day Namibia between 1895-1896. He brought with him a "double objective" camera by Ross of London and at all times, had a keen interest to photograph natives, which were later published. 





Möller hunted and travelled with natives he employed along his way.






This Himba spear was collected in Southern Angola. Visually related spears were used throughout the region by the Kuvale, Kwanyama, Ondonga, Ovambo and Zemba. They were made from a solid piece of forged iron. A cows tail was inserted along the rod.





Möller photographed this group of Kuvale men in 1885, each armed with and holding a spear manufactured in the same manner as the Galerie Ezakwantu example currently on offer.





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