In the 18th and 19th centuries, tribal wars were staged for the sole purpose of capturing slaves. The toll was massive compared to kral or village raids and the aftermath brutal with unmarketable (wounded, sick or elderly) dispatched in the field. The Congolese slavers war spear was the largest, made for hand to hand fighting and used to thrust and parry. This fine example was the property of a successful and prosperous slaver. Finely forged, 29 1/4" length. The leaf shaped blade had a raised medial at the forte and ridge for the balance. The heavy socket accommodated a unusually thick haft, indicative of an owner of exceptional stature.