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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
A knife with a leaf shaped blade. Running vertically down the center of the blade is a gridded square pattern. The handle is also engraved with lines that wrap around the entire handle. 
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Knife
1895 – 1905
Gift of Asher and Vera Margolis
1986/1.207
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
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
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 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

Knife with Sheath
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.129A&B
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
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
Knife with a leaf-shaped blade. The center of the blade has an engraved line running down the length of the blade. The handle has a bulb-like base flattened at the end. 
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Knife
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.72
Knife with leaf-shaped blade and wooden handle. Handle consists of multiple geometric patterns and intersecting lines.
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Knife
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.74
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
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