A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
THE CUTTING EDGE
A Book and an exhibition in the National Museum of Ethnology Leiden.
NOW PUBLISHED: THE CUTTING EDGE. WEST CENTRAL AFRICAN 19TH
112 pp.; 83 throwing knives illustrated in colour, 12 b/w 19th century field photographs, drawings, map, biblio..
Exh. cat. National Museum of Ethnology,Leiden, 2006. Cloth. (9648) EUR 30,00
This publication describes and shows one of the oldest collections of African throwing knives from West Central Africa. (Congo) now housed in the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, The Netherlands.
The catalogue offers an insight into the diversity of the collection and its fascinating 19th century early history.
To order this book, click on: ethnographic
More information :
Mr. C. Zwartenkot/Ethnographic Art Books
''Afrikaanse werpmessen in de spotlights'' is an exhibition running till 15 July 2007
It is the first time the Museum is showing some 121 throwing knifes from the Central Africa area.
These weapons are special due to the collecting history due to the relation with the business contacts they had with the Lower-Kongo area.
Nearly all knifes showed in this exhibition are from before 1900 and offered or bought to the Museum by collectors working usually for the New African Trade Association ( de Nieuwe Afrikaansche Handelsvereniging).
The attractive shapes and fine details shows the skills from the Central African blacksmiths in the second half of the XIXth century.
This small exhibition is part of ‘Collections in the spotlights’.
This well illustrated exhibition catalog contains also the Dr. Peter Westerdijk text "The African Throwing Knife An Introduction" with following points:
A must see and certainly a must read exhibition and catalog.
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