From: Zaire | Kasai District | Belgian Congo

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number AF1238
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Baluba | Basonge
Provenience Zaire | Kasai District | Belgian Congo
Section African
Materials Copper | Iron | Wood

Wooden handle has a wide base; above the wide base the handle is slender, but widens and becomes bulbous at the top by the iron blade; handle is sheathed in copper except just above the base of handle to about the middle of the handle is wrapped in wire; iron blade is narrow where it is connected to the handle but widens and has a slightly arched, wide striking edge; the top and bottom edge of each face of blade is raised; rectangular design is incised on each face of narrow part of blade, design consists of criss-crossing lines in a rectangular-shaped box; box is surrounded by very small circular indentations; there are thirteen small holes through the blade; four holes are grouped together and nine form a circle around the group of four; the group of four holes is surrounded by small circular indentations, as is each of the individual holes in the out circle of nine; there is a deep circular indentation on each side of bulbous part of handle.

Length 37.8 cm
Width 19.2 cm
Credit Line Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912
Other Number 1096 - Other Number

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