The Throne of Weapons - Manna
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The Throne of Weapons

The throne is a product of the TAE project – Transformaçaõ de Armas em Enxadas (Transforming Arms into Tools) – whereby weapons previously used by combatants on both sides of the Mozambican Civil War were voluntarily exchanged for agricultural, domestic and construction tools. The project was established in 1995 in Maputo by Bishop Dinis Sengulane of the Christian Council of Mozambique with the support of Christian Aid.


The throne was created by the Mozambican artist Cristovao Canhavato, and features as number 98 in ‘A History of the World in 100 objects’ by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum based on his BBC Radio 4 series of the same name.


Bishop Dinis commented:

‘The purpose of the project is to disarm the minds of people and to disarm the hands of people. Why should this world have hungry people? Why should this world have a shortage of medicines? And yet the amount of money which can be made available almost instantly for armament purposes, is just amazing and I would say, shocking.

‘I felt I should be part of shaping that peace. And of course we find in the book of Micah and the book of Isaiah in the Bible, where it says they will turn their swords into ploughshares, and people will sit under their trees and nothing will frighten them’.