A Miniature Shona, Zimbabwe Ceremonial Knife and Sheath 'Bakatwa'

A Miniature Shona, Zimbabwe Ceremonial Knife and Sheath 'Bakatwa'

1800 to 1900 Zimbabwe

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A Miniature Shona, Zimbabwe Ceremonial Knife and Sheath ‘Bakatwa’
Wood, iron and brass wire
Late 19th Century

Size : 10 cm long, 1.5 cm wide, 1.5 cm deep – 4 ins long, ¾ ins wide, ¾ ins deep
Provenance : From the collection of an English Private Museum

These knives from large to small are found throughout most of Mashonaland and Manicaland in Zimbabwe. The extensive and extravagant use of brass wire is a characteristic feature of these ceremonial Shona knives. Brass wire became much more readily available at the end of the 19th century when European traders began to bring in industrially manufactured wire, and the use of finely and intricately woven wire began to replace the earlier carved patterns in the wood of the knife sheath and handle.
Dimensions
Height 10.00 cm (3.94 inches)
Width 1.50 cm (0.59 inches)
Depth 1.50 cm (0.59 inches)
Stock Code
F050
Medium
Wood, iron and brass wire
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