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Indonesian
Dagger
19th century
Gift of Mr. William Muschenheim
1979/2.87
It is a knife made of silver. The sword blade was made of steel. Floral design was printed on the knob and Deer and bamboo was printed on the cover.<br />
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This small knife is worn by a man. The handle and sheath are decorated with ten symbols of longevity against ring-punched background. The other side features engravings of plantains and lotus buds. Plantain symbolizes resuscitation from death and is one of the Eight Treasures of Taoism. The lotus flower symbolizes purity and the law of cause and effect as it emerges from mud (dirt) and bears seeds.
<p>[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p. 285]</p>
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Korean (Korean (culture or style))
Ladies Knife
19th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1985/2.48
Knife engraved with leaf pattern and ivory handle
Hatton Works (Wilson and Davis)
Knife, from a two-piece fish server
1853 – 1854
Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Thomas M. Spaulding
1968/1.63
A brass knife with a narrow handle terminating in a pommel with a human face. At the top of the head is a brass loop. The blade of the knife is in the form of a round disc decorated with an incised fish and other patterns. The middle of the knife blade has a hole in the shape of a four-pointed star. 
African (African (general, continental cultures))
Knife
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.131
Knife with a leather wrapped handle and three perpendicular blades. The blades are covered with a pattern of small, incised dots. 
Throwing Knife
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.87
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
This throwing-knife has a long shaft with a leather-wrapped handle. It is comprised of two blades. One blade forms a large hook at the top of the weapon and a small blade protrudes in the opposite direction, just below the first blade. There are small incised patterns along the edge of the blades. The hooked blade also has a ridged, slightly raised center.  
Matakam (Matakam)
Throwing knife
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.116
This blade has a long wooden handle. At the top of the handle is a ribbed section before an engraved top. Inserted in and protruding from the top is a long, thin blade.  
Mossi (Mossi)
Axe
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.48
Knife with leaf-shaped blade and wooden handle. The blade is engraved with several lines running along the length of the blade, while the handle has various geometric patterns and lines carved in it. 
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Knife
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.71

Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Broad Knife
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.76
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
Gold-weight in the shape of a man with a large head, tilted slightly backwards, on a thick, heavy neck, and topped by an object in the shape of a ball; the face has protruding eyes and nose, and the mouth holds a snake-like animal above a small rectangular protrusion. The figure holds a short stick under the left arm and has two small round objects in the hands, as well as a rectangular protrusion around and below the waist. 
Akan (Akan (culture or style))
Gold-weight
1900 – 1985
Museum purchase made possible by the Betty J. Lockett Memorial Fund
1985/2.42
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