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This throwing knife has a long, slender shaft. The shaft curves slightly downward at its end. On the end of the shaft are two small, leaf-shaped blades which extend in opposite directions. Another small, leaf-shaped blade, or spur, protrudes downward from the inside of the main curve of the shaft. The handle of the knife is wrapped with leather.  
Masalit
Throwing knife
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.114
The blade of this sword tapers in three places, forming four sections. The second and third sections are prominent; the second section has triangular edges and the third section has rounded edges. The first three sections also have open slits down their centers. The wooden handle is wrapped in copper wire. 
Short sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.112
The blade of this sword has an elongated leaf-shaped blade and a short wooden handle. 
Knife
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.82
This sword has an iron blade that is narrow toward the handle and gradually widens at the top, ending in a slight curve. Along the edge of the blade are small, half-circular knobs and near the top of the blade there are geometric cut-outs. The handle is formed by two spheres connected by a bar. At the bottom of the handle is a conical projection. The handle is covered in gold-leaf. 
Asante (Asante)
Ceremonial sword (afena)
20th century
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.309
The sword has an elongated, leaf-shaped blade. The handle is embellished with tacks and a small cone on the end.<br />
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The wooden scabbard or sheath is wide and tapers at the bottom before widening again at the base. Twine is wrapped around three sections of the sheath and a fourth section has markings of having once been wrapped in twine. 
Songye (Songye)
Knife with wooden scabbard
1945 – 1955
Gift of the Honorable Jack Faxon
1985/2.123A-B
Carved ax handle is comprised of a kneeling male figure with rounded knob on top of his head, into which the narrow end of a triangular iron ax blade is embedded.
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Ax for Ogun
1925 – 1975
Gift of Bert N. LaDu, Jr.
2006/2.73
Wooden knife with a leaf shaped blade. The center of the blade has a carved line running down the length of the blade. The knife has patination. There is tukula powder rubbed on the knife. 
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Knife
1895 – 1905
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1984/2.34
The blade of this sword is large and flat. The center of this paddle-like blade has a textured, dotted center. The wooden handle has a ribbed section in the center. 
Bamileke (Bamileke)
Knife
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.101
This sword has a heart-shaped blade with ridged lines outlining its edges. The wooden handle has a large and flat edge with fine incisions creating a striped pattern. 
Sakata (Sakata (culture or style))
Dagger
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.94
This elaborate sword has a short main shaft that splits at its end into two opposite directions, forming two blades that curve slightly downward. In the middle of the shaft are two small stems that curve upward with leaf-life formations at their tips. The handle is ivory. On one side of the blade is the following inscription: FOROVRO. On the other side is: ODRUFA
Mangbetu (Mangbetu)
Double Sickle Knife
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.83
This sword has a long blade with a tri-pointed tip. The center of the blade has a ridge running the length of it. The wooden handle has a V-shaped top.
Mbun (Mbun)
Short Sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.61
The blade of this sword has two slight, triangular protrusions on each edge. On one side of the blade are closely placed incisions running the length of the blade. The wooden handle is wrapped in wire. 
Kele
Short sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.121
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