African Ngala Execution, Beheading Sword/Knife, 2nd Half 19th C

African Ngala Execution, Beheading Sword/Knife, 2nd Half 19th C

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African Ngala Execution, Beheading Sword/Knife, 2nd Half 19th C
African Ngala Execution, Beheading Sword/Knife, 2nd Half 19th C
African Ngala Execution, Beheading Sword/Knife, 2nd Half 19th C
African Ngala Execution, Beheading Sword/Knife, 2nd Half 19th C
African Ngala Execution, Beheading Sword/Knife, 2nd Half 19th C
African Ngala Execution, Beheading Sword/Knife, 2nd Half 19th C

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The Ngala, a forest people in Central Africa, living primarily off of farming and fishing,
have adapted the Banza throwing knife into a sort of machete often used for
executions.  It became a symbol of power and was sometimes a ceremonial knife for
tribal chieftains.  The macabre ritual executions take place with the condemned being
staked to the ground in a sitting position, with the head fastened with leather straps to a
bent tree branch.  This way it was ensured that the victim’s neck would be stretched
and at the moment of decapitation the head would be automatically catapulted away.
This example has a 20 ½" forged iron blade of typical form with multi-curved cutting
surfaces and lugs on the reverse; three short fullers on one side and hatched
decoration toward the back edge.  Multi-stage wood pommel (split) and short grip
bound with iron bands; the design facilitating either one or two-hand use.  Dark rust
patina to metal surfaces, with some edge nicks.  Overall length 29 ½".  A genuine
execution sword at a small fraction of the cost of European examples.  Other dealers
charge several times this price for similar examples.

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • AES1
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Militaria & Weapons
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • 19th C
  • Dimensions
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  • Weight: 0 pound
  • Condition
  • Gd

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