University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:AF1228A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Bakete
Provenience: Zaire
Kasai District
Belgian Congo
Section:African
Materials:Fiber
Iron
Leather
Wood
Credit Line:Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
Other Number:1075 - Other Number

Description

Iron blade sword with wooden handle; protruding from the top center of handle is a cylindrical knob; rim of handle is carved into four rounded segments, these segments form into tapered grooves on side of handle; center of handle is ornamented with three disc shaped rings; directly above handle is a piece of fabric wrapped around the neck of the sword; sword is is smooth and flat except for a slight raise down the center; sides of sword flare out to form four triangular points-two near the handle and two near the base.


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