Central Africa, Great Lakes District (Lake Victoria/Lake Tanganyika. 34 ¾” length, forged iron with hooked form end opposite slightly tapered wood grip encased in trade bead work, incomplete as shown. Good well used condition. The Hutu in Rwanda, Burundi and Congo are hereditary enemies of the Tutsi who were supported by Belgium. These unusual throwing, and slashing short swords are seldom seen on the market.
Note: In the 1950 film classic, King Solomon's Mines (Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr ) , the climax is a fight to the death of the deposed African king and his rival, with these weapons.