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This sword with three barbell-shaped handles is attached to a wrought iron shaft ending in two large, curved blades. The shaft is composed of three sections of hourglass-shaped open work interspersed with knots. The two top blades have triangular cut-outs. 
Asante (Asante)
Ceremonial Sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.88
Shoe with a leather sole attached to a cloth lining with metal tacks. The outside of the shoe is covered in multi-colored beadwork; the toe has a pattern of zig-zags in orange, black, and white while the sides and upper flaps have an interlacing pattern in cream, red, blue, and orange. The top of the shoe is bound with red cloth along the edge. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Oba's Slipper (One of a pair)
20th century
Gift of the Honorable Jack Faxon
1998/2.63.1
Gold-weight in the shape of a a cylindrical rod with a pointed tip and a handle made of a short, cylindrical rod between two circular discs. The majority of the cylindrical rod is covered in a pattern of small, raised dots. 
Akan (Akan (culture or style))
Gold-weight
1900 – 1985
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.515
This wooden chair has a square, leather covered seat and four legs. The back of the chair also has a leather covering. Much of the chair is decorated with metal tacks.
Asante (Asante)
Chair
20th century
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.310
Cylindrical headdress with diamond-shaped multi-colored beadwork over a cloth base. The bottom rim has a pattern of red and blue triangles outlined on the edge with red. A fringe of blue beads hangs all the way around the bottom edge. There are two beadwork birds attached to the front of the headdress. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Oba's Beaded Crown
20th century
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.340
A knife with foliate-shaped blade ending in a fan-shaped tip. The blade is decorated with three columns of small raised bars intersected by two rows of small raised bars. The wooden handle is decorated with brass tacks on both ends and wrapped with wire, possibly copper, around the middle.
Knife
1895 – 1905
Gift in Memory of Rudolph B. Rottam
1984/2.54A
Gold-weight in the shape of a curved rod with an incised knob at the narrow end and three notched arches at the wider end.
Akan (Akan (culture or style))
Gold-weight
1900 – 1985
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Milford Golden
1986/2.130
Metal sword with a large, leaf or fan shaped blade. The blade is decorated with openwork geometric designs. The ivory handle is thin and ends in a large metal loop. 
Edo (Benin);Benin (ancient Nigerian) (Edo (African culture))
Ceremonial Sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.86
This Hemba <em>adze</em>, or chief’s ceremonial ax, is decorated with an elegantly carved female head upon the end of its smooth handle while an iron blade has been lodged into its oval base. This <em>adze</em> exhibits the characteristic hallmarks of a Southern Hemba style, which in turn was strongly influenced by the neighboring Luba. The head bears an elongated, oviod-shaped face, a wide convex forehead, coffeebean-shaped eyes within ocular recesses, a triangular nose, and full lips. An elaborate pulled-back hairstyle in the form of a chignon (<em>kibanda</em>), features a cruciform motif. Four brass tacks that have been inserted into the extreme top, bottom, left and right points of the face echo this crucifix shape.
Hemba (Hemba (culture or style))
Prestige Adze
1875 – 1885
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.225
This  stool features an elegantly carved standing female caryatid supporting the seat. It exhibits the characteristic hallmarks of a Southern Hemba style, which in turn was strongly influenced by the neighboring Luba. These traits include the broad, rounded forms of the sculpture, the disproportionately large head, the ovoid face with a subdued expression, a wide convex forehead, the brow ridge defined in relief, half-closed eyes, the elongated nose, the narrow mouth with clenched lips, the protruding abdomen with a pointed umbilicus, scarification patterns on the torso, and a multitude of sculpted bracelets upon both wrists.  Also emblematic of Southern Hemba sculptural forms is the elaborate pulled-back chignon hairstyle (<em>kibanda</em>), which forms a cruciform motif in the rear.  The figure also possesses conical breasts, short squat legs, and flat feet. The tips of the figure’s fingers symbolically carry the circular seat.
Hemba (Hemba (culture or style))
Chief's Stool
1915 – 1925
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.224
Metal sword with a blade that is narrow toward the handle and wider and curved at the top. The handle is wrapped in wire, with disc-shaped grips on either side. 
Edo (Benin);Benin (ancient Nigerian) (Edo (African culture))
Ceremonial Sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.89
A knife with a wooden handle wrapped in wire, possibly copper. The handle terminates in a round knob. It has a long triangular blade that flares, narrows, then flares before narrowing to a rounded point.
Mbole
Knife
19th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.46
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