University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:42-30-531
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Zaire
Section:African
Materials:Iron
Wood
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number:454 - Other Number

Description

"Beheading knife." Iron blade, the sharp outer edge slightly curved and extended into a large, vertical, crescent blade; the inner edge below the crescent consists of one small and two large concave sections. Deeply notched decoration on both faces. The wooden grip is cut to form two carinated balls and a small pommel and is ornamented with brass-headed nails. Junction of grip and blade wrapped with narrow strip of iron.


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