The ‘Kpinga’ or locally called ‘Hunga Munga’ is a unique and deadly weapon which was used within the Zande tribes. During the 18th and 19th century it was used as a weapon among elite warriors. Only certain man of status and capability in combat were aloud to use these throwing knifes. Later on, during the turn of the century, the ‘kpinga’ became a more ceremonial dowry and status symbol and was kept and cherished in order to preserve and honoring their ancestors. The ‘kpinga’ is a multi-bladed knife which requires training as only the most experienced warriors were aloud to use them. Besides being a lethal instrument, the throwing knife resembles great symbolism such as manhood and masculinity, regarding the fallus shaped lower blade.
‘Kpinga’ throwing knifes were used in battle and tucked inside their shields. The decoration varies in every region and is only permitted for warriors and high ranked tribesmen. The blade was locally forged, shows a very fine laminated forging pattern, some forging flaws and is sharpened on every edge.
Condition: Excellent condition, minor ware and good patination.
Hilt length: 9.4cm
Blade length: 35.5cm
Blade spine thickness:2mm
Total length: 44.8cm
Provenance: A private Belgian collection.
– The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York acc.nr. 979.206.89