Omwele Gwoshipila (Knife with Decorated Sheath)

Omwele Gwoshipila  (Knife with Decorated Sheath)

This type of knife has a special triangular shaped sheaf decorated with copper wire.  It was only given by an Omukwaniilwa or Ohamba (King) from one of the Ovambo Kingdoms to a soldier or royal cattle herder. If that person died or disgraced the king, the knife was returned to the king.

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