University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:83-26-14A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Shilluk
Provenience: Southern Sudan
Sudan
Section:African
Materials:Iron
Ivory
Ebony Wood
Copper
Credit Line:Gift of John B. Moore, 1983

Description

Iron-bladed knife with ebony and ivory handle: wooden sheath covered in copper sheet. Curved blade with median rib. near hilt both sides are decorated with Islamic inscriptions. Handle is constructed of transverse alternating bands of ebony and ivory sandwiched between iron terminals. On one side of the handle, small iron nails and natural and possible colored ivory discs have been inserted to form geometric design. Iron handle terminals are decorated with incised diagonal designs. Collarded sheath has two (2) opposed rings cut through collar band. Sheath is deacorated with incised and repousee cross-hatching and transverse lines.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Recent Acquisitions 1983 (12 Mar 1984) View Objects in Exhibition

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