University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:42-30-535
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Batetela
Provenience: Kasai District
Belgian Congo
Section:African
Materials:Copper
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number:474 - Other Number

Description

Each edge of the blade straight for a short distance from the haft, then almost horizontal to a barb, concave to a second barb, then contracting to a sharp point. Medial ridge on both faces at point, with a wide ornamental strip, mostly of zigzags, from the ridge to the haft. A pierced hole, with frame of concentric grooves, behind each of the four barbs. Tang inserted through wooden grip and extended into a loop covered with copper ornamented with short dashes. Long spool-shaped grip widening to form a straight guard completely covered with punctated copper sheet and with copper wire.


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