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Despite its effectiveness as a weapon, the primary function of the Musri was an emblem of prestige and a symbol of sovereign status, and its outline was even employed as a mark for branding cattle. When used as a weapon, it was thrown horizontally, but such use was outlawed in the early 1960s, for the extent of damage it typically caused (Westerdijk, The African Throwing Knife, 1988).
Leo Frobenius declared that the Musri was intended to resemble the shape of a duck, which was a symbol of the Tomagra, or aristocratic class (Zirngibl, Rare African Short Weapons, 1983).