Rare Shona Double Blade Dagger

Original price was: $1,500.00.Current price is: $800.00.

Origin: Zimbabwe
Time Period: Mid 20th Century
Provenance: Bernice and Terence Pethica Collection, UK
Materials: Metal Blade, Hard-Wood Handle, Leather Sheath, Pewter

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A Shona Double Blade Dagger


This rare beautiful dagger has an ornate carved handle, dual leather sheaths embellished with pewter binding. Only 16.5cm long!

Traditional Use

Bakatwa were and are passed down from generation to generation in a lineage, and were used in traditional rituals to symbolize the presence of the owner’s ancestors, the sword’s previous owners. In these rituals, the owner addressed the bakatwa as if it was the physical embodiment of his ancestors.


Genuine tribal artwork valuation is typically based on some of the following criteria with the help of an expert:

  1. Condition, (damages, repairs)
  2. Authenticity and Provenance, (history of ownership)
  3. Quality, (the type of material used, preservation, skill, aesthetics/beauty)
  4. Uniqueness (the only one of its kind), rarity (occurs only in few locations)  affect value.

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