University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:42-30-543
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Baluba
Provenience: Zaire
Section:African
Materials:Iron
Wood
Brass
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number:163 - Other Number

Description

"Throwing dirk". Pointed, elongated, double-edged, slightly recurved blade, widening to a point near the grip, below which the side contracts sharply. On each face, an incised wavy line in place of a medial ridge, and four incised X's. The tang extends through the spool-shaped wooden grip wound round its middle with thin brass wire, and becomes a heavy diamond-shaped pommel with facetted convex end.


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