Songye/ Luba Knife in Sheath, D.R. Congo
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Description of Significance:
The Luba or Songye people residing in southeastern D.R. Congo made use of this exquisitely adorned knife and its sheath. It served various purposes, including scarification, shaving, circumcision, and cult rituals, but it also held significant cultural and social value. However, the advent of European knives and razors, renowned for their superior cutting ability, resulted in the displacement of tools such as this. Consequently, knives of this nature are typically dated back to an earlier era (1880-1920) and are regarded as scarce.
- Handcrafted for use in D.R. Congo
- Width: 2"
- Height: 17"
- Depth with Base: 3"
- Width with Base: 3"
- Height with Base: 18.5"
- Copper alloy metal
- Indigenous wood
- Grass weaving
- Custom Base: The piece includes the custom base included in the photos.
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About Antique African Art:
Hemingway Gallery regards antique African art as the best artistic expression of aesthetic beauty and storytelling throughout the known history of art. Aside from artistic taste, African art accrues value in different ways than other genres, including use in ceremonial settings as well as age. 50 years can be regarded as old or antique when it comes to wood masks and totems. Hemingway Gallery provides both authoritative insight and context into each artifact in the collection, possessing and readily exhibiting direct, intimate knowledge of the source and pedigree. The goal is to preserve and curate one-of-a-kind artifacts of importance while creating a platform for the acquisition of spectacular unique pieces within financial reach.
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