University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: AF1037
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Zaire
Kasai District
Belgian Congo
Materials:Plant Fiber
Credit Line:Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
Other Number1390 - Other Number


Long, flat wide iron blade; just below the handle, the blade is very wide but it becomes narrow a little over a quarter of the distance of the blade; blade then abruplty becomes wide again, tapers a bit; widen again, and then tapers to a rounded point; there are five grooves cut through the blade; two long grooves are side by side and run the length of the first part of the blade; three shorter grooves run along the central axis to the rest of the blade; one shorter groove is where the blade becomes abruptly wide, and the other two are in a row about halfway down; wooden handle; copper wire of various widths is wrapped around handle; at the base, fiber is wrapped over the copper.

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