Turkana Wrist Knife SB.1.12

Turkana Wrist Knife SB.1.12

Wrist knife
Wrist knife. Turkana. Kenya. No 79. X.A.20. Original list: "Turkana. Wrist knife. Leather, iron, aluminum, copper. Man, warrior" Wrist knife made from a circular iron blade inserted into a protective leather sheath and the outer edge of which is covered by a second detachable leather sheath, entirely clad in aluminum then inlaid with copper at its ends. The central ring is reinforced by coiled copper wire also fulfilling an ornamental function. "The wrist knives too are slashing weapons. Their danger is slightly diminished by their visibility and the thin strips of sheathing which have first to be torn from the edge of the blade. When no slashing or cutting they rest on the wrist as innocuous bracelets; shiny, circular, projecting ornaments "A. Fedders, C. Salvadori. 1977: 65 "The well known arm-ring is a really dangerous weapon. Inserted on the wrist and covered with a thin strip of leather, it may look like and ornament" (Staff Of Consolata Fathers. Turkana: 21) "I witnessed several bloody fights with these knives. They are also very useful for cutting cords or slicing meat and chopping up doum palm nuts "(Donovan. 2005: 101)
Category: Bracelet
Material: Leather. Iron. Aluminum
Location: Kenya
Size in Centimeters
Length: 13.5
Width: 11
Height: 1
Other dim .: Original list: W: 0.8 H: 12 L: 13.5

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