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Throwing Knife

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The throwing knives of the Ngbaka have become icons of central African weaponry. The knife, which could be thrown overhand from a standing position or sidearm from either a standing or crouched position, is perfectly balanced around a central point of gravity. This balance allowed for incredible...

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Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nbaka peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Overall: 46.2 x 42 x 2 cm (18 3/16 x 16 9/16 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal, fiber


Africa and Oceania


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Swords, Daggers, Knives