By Helmut Nickel
Describes the guns and instruments present in Africa from prehistoric via smooth instances and discusses how they express human development.
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BOW STAND OF LUBO half, is split exactly into this hole. In spanning the crossbow, the thumb the cleft snaps shut, 34 upper stock carved a deep notch that holds the string when the This notch carries a about half Its It is string out of the certain that this crossbow is an adaption crossbow that the Portuguese discoverers brought with them. CONGO TRIBESMAN DRESSED FOR HUNTER'S DANCE FANG WARRIOR WITH CROSSBOW East Africa AMHAR WARRIOR EAST AFRICAN GALLA WARRIORS To the east of the Sudan and the Congo basin is an assortment of nations and tribes as diversified as the region itself; for, jagged less swamps, dry shore of the steppes, Red Sea and The northernmost and huge lakes alternate in a long stretch along the the Indian Ocean.
I2ls. < ^ '^ PYGMY WITH BOW AND ARROW Beyond the narrow confines of the island-like village clearings in the end- less forest, on their roam the Pygmies. Being hunters, they depend weapons, mainly bows and arrows. The arrows were once tipped with hardwood or bone now have points. Through barter with the neighboring acquired iron arrowheads. The arrows "feathering" of the arrows normally consists of a end of the shaft. of an elephant make doubly marksmen), and the stiff leaf fitted into the split Spears are apparently not original Pygmy weapons they These spears make the received them from their neighbors in the villages.
The tribes were often feuding with each other. spears and, as liar, They after the title of the ruler at the end parts used throwing irons, some- S AXE AXES AND SWORDS THROWING IRONS WARRIOR WITH BASKETWORK SHIELD times of extraordinarily complicated form with sharp spikes and edges sticking out in all directions, in how hit. they order that they might inflict wounds Shields, ver}' necessary against these missiles, tough basketwork in colorful patterns. Short machete-like regardless of were made of swords were weap- ons for parade as well as for combat.