Forensic Fashion
(c) 2006-present R. Macaraeg


>Costume Studies
>>1878 Congolese warrior
Subject: mercenary warrior
Culture: tribal Congolese = Mongo, Ngombe, others
Setting: Congo late 19th-early 20thc
Objectngala sword

International Museum of Cultures

* Palace of Wax > Ripley's Believe It or Not!
"CONGOLESE EXECUTIONER'S AXE  Native executioners once used this fearsome looking weapon.  A criminal or captured enemy was tied to a bent tree sapling by his feet, with his head and hands staked to the ground.  He was then decapitated using the inside curved part of the blade, which released the body like a catapult to swing back and forth from the tree."

* Museum of Fine Arts > Africa
"Prestige weapon  Unidentified artist or workshop  
Ngombe and neighboring peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo  Mid-20th century  Iron, wood" ...

* Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art > Weapons and Warriors: The Art of Armaments
"African Sword
wood, metal"  ...

* Higgins Armory Museum > Scimitars to Samurai
"Ngulu (ceremonial sword), 1800s-early 1900s  Probably Ngombe, Doko, or Iboko people  
Engraved iron; wood; brass; copper; leather  Weight 1 lb. 6 oz.  ...

​* Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology > Arts of War
"Central Africa"