Throwing KnifeArtist(s)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportmetal and leatherDimensions
16 15/16 in x 13 3/4 in (43 cm x 35 cm)Credit LineGift of Susan B. and John F. UllrichLabel copySubject matter
Throwing knives have been used across many regions of Central Africa, though they are no longer used as weapons. Aside from their previous function as weapons, throwing knives were—and in some cases, still are—used as prestige objects. Throwing knife shaped blades were also used as currency.
McNaughton, Pat R. 1970. “The Throwing Knife in African History.” African Arts,
Vol. 3, No. 2: 54-60+89.Physical Description
Knife with a leather wrapped handle and three perpendicular blades. The blades are covered with a pattern of small, incised dots. Primary Object Classification Arms and Armor Primary Object TypeknifeCollection AreaAfricanRights
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knife currency (general currency)
symbols of office or status