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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
This large and commanding Songye <em>nkisi</em> carved from wood depicts a male figure with the following characteristics: a large head whose crown is covered in stunning copper; almond shaped eyes; a large, oblong mouth; metal tacks across the temples; and a bold, trapezoidal chin. The figure’s hands rest on either side of its protruding belly, which bears a round mark representing its umbilicus. The <em>nkisi</em> dons a vegetable fiber loincloth which has been affixed by raffia. A trio of necklaces serve as adornments while a medicinal pestle dangles from its waist. Also remarkable is the handsome leather purse which the figure carries around its arm. 
Songye (Songye)
Power Figure
1885 – 1895
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
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
Dagger made of a bronze-colored metal with a decorated dark wood handle. There are curving and circular designs on the dagger. The sheath is made of red leather and painted with green, white, and black. It has a leather fringe.
Fulani (Fulbe)
Dagger and Sheath
1800 – 1999
Gift of Mark and Marie-Armande Wilson
Open-back shoes with leather soles attached to a cloth-lining with metal tacks. The beadwork on the upper part of the shoe is blue with a British style crown rendered in gold, silver, red, blue, yellow, and green beads. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Oba's Slippers
20th century
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
Cache-sexe in the form a triangular piece of corrugated metal attached to a semi-circular band of metal. A belt made of what may be leather is attached to the semi-circular band of metal by a piece of string. 
1890 – 1920
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
This weapon, probably iron, is long and heavy. The narrow shaft has a ‘number seven’-shaped blade at the top. Where the blade and the shaft meet, there is a short blade protruding in the opposite direction of the seven-shaped blade. A small hole is located in the corner of the seven-shaped blade. A very thin ridge running along the edges of the blade outlines its shape. A single ridge runs down the center of the shaft. The handle is wrapped in leather. 
Throwing knife
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich