MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Matakam Throwing Knife
Object Name:
Knife, Throwing, Matakam
Other Name:
Knife, Throwing, Sickel
Place of Origin:
Matakam, Northern Cameroon, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 22"
W = 8"
D = 1/2"

Like many throwing knives, these have evolved into prestige weapons. This type may be carried over the shoulder. The "throwing knife" developed from simple, functional tools into
one of the most beautiful weapons. The great migrations of African people over many centuries and in many directions have
all contributed to these design changes. The oldest type is found in the Sahel, in North Cameroon.

These weapons are thrown sidearm, and rotate around their center of gravity. They usually have two piercing spikes. Some of the knives are still used by African men as both weapons and ornamentation.

These "throwing Knife" forms were recognized and used as currency.

Double sickel—shaped throwing knife. Larger sickel—shaped top of blade, leading down to smaller sickel—shaped central area of blade, with a small opposite point in center of blade, were the two sickel shapes converge. Long flat handle, extending downward into a small loop at base. Handle is wrapped in a thin leather strap. Entire metal surface is covered in rust.
Guy Mace Collection, (Turblex Company)
Metal W/Leather
Ritually Used
Metal and Leather Working
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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