Asymmetric Discoid Knife, Epalang
Mbuun/Yanzi/Ngul/Hungaan, D.R. Congo
Forged iron, wood, copper
Early 20th century
The epalang type is unique for its strange design, and the undulating and exaggerated shape of this piece is characteristic of the best examples. Research suggests that these were used ceremonially, as prestige symbols and by medicine men, but said research is unfortunately scant. Asymmetric epalang discoid knives were collected from the Dzing, Hungaan, Lwer, Mbuun, Ngul, Pindi, and Yanzi (Elsen, De fer et de fierté, 2003).
This piece is slightly larger than any other epalang that I have had in my collection. It is mounted on a custom display stand (not pictured).
11.25 in :: 28.5 cm
Inventory # 10266