University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number: AF1090
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Zaire
Kasai District
Belgian Congo
Credit Line:Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
Other Number917 - Other Number


Executioner's sword. Wooden Handle; a piece of flat brass wire is wrapped around the body of handle; two rectangular pieces of flat iron are found on both ends of handle; four grooves, one on each side of handle; tip of the base of the blade protrudes from the base of handle, body of blade is narrow with a small loop found towards the inner base of the blade; a strip of leather is wrapped loosely around the wooden handle and through the small iron loop; horizontal V shaped head; circular tack is found in the center of the head; inner part of handle is outlined with an incised groove.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Seven Metals of Africa (12 Nov 1959 - 12 Jan 1960)View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Plass, Margaret B. 1959. Seven Metals of Africa.View Objects cited in this Publication

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