University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:42-30-109
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Mexico (Central America)
Near Mitla
Culture Area: Central America
Section:American
Materials:Steel
Bone
Silver
Brass
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number:123 - Collector Number

Description

double-edged, straight steel blade tapering to point; on each face of the blade near the socket is a rectangular plaque, one showing a bird, the other an animal, with excised background; at the top of each plaque is a deep circular depression from which a shallow groove extends to within about 4.5 cm. of the point; simple engraved scrolls from base of groove. Tang inserted through fluted bone grip wrapped at intervals with fine silver (?) wire; brass band at socket and brass cap.


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