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A sword with a short cylindrical handle, wrapped with brass rings at the middle and end. The large, flat blade curves upward and is elaborately decorated with incised geometric patterns. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Ceremonial Sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.64
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 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 wood handle of this sword is wrapped in metal wire and embellished with a design of two stacked discs. The cutting edge of the sword runs along the length of one side. The cutting edge is made up of three half circles with the last and largest half circle forming a large, pointed hook. 
Ngombe (Ngombe)
Execution Sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.63
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
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
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
The wooden handle of this sword has two sharp projections at its end. The blade is wide and has a double-arched end. 
Sengele (Sengele (culture or style))
Sword
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.99
wood handle covered with copper and camwood powder
Kuba (Kuba (Democratic Republic of Congo style))
Ritual Sword
1895 – 1905
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1985/1.157
This stone dagger has a handle that is divided into two parts, separated from each other by a thinner band. The upper tier is smaller in length than the lower tier, which flares outward as it approaches the end. The tip of blade is broken off. In profile, the blade thickens in the center.<br />
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Carved from stone, this dagger with a two-tier handle is missing only its tip. The cross section of the blade is rhomboid, while that of the handle is shaped like a convex lens. The dagger is of the later two-tier-handled type (<em>idanbyeongsik</em>), meaning that it probably dates from the end of the early Bronze Age or the beginning of the middle Bronze Age. Max Loehr (1903- 1988) was a German art historian specializing in East Asian art who taught at the University of Michigan from 1951 to 1960 as a professor.<br />
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p.32]
Korean (Korean (culture or style))
Polished Stone Dagger
900 BCE – 701 BCE
Museum purchase from the collection of Max Loehr
1960/2.117

Binja
Curved Saber
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.84

Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Short Samurai Sword
19th century
Gift of Professor Rose Vainstein
1982/2.21
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