Turkana Wrist Knife SB.1.13

Turkana Wrist Knife SB.1.13

Wrist knife
Wrist knife. Turkana. Kenya. No 79. X.A.21. Original list: "Turkana. Wrist knife. Leather, iron, copper. Man, warrior" Fringed wrist knife, made from a circular iron blade inserted in a protective leather sheath and whose outer border, more sharp, is covered with a second detachable leather sheath, inlaid with iron at both ends. The central ring is reinforced with coiled copper wire which also has 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. Copper
Location: Kenya
Size in Centimeters:
Length: 13.5
Width: 12
Height: 1
Other dim .: Original list: W: 1 H: 12.5 L: 12

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