Short SwordArtist(s)MbunArtist NationalityMbunObject Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportiron and wood Dimensions
31 5/16 in x 3 3/4 in x 1 7/16 in (79.5 cm x 9.5 cm x 3.7 cm)Credit LineGift of Susan B. and John F. UllrichSubject matter
In Central Africa, metal swords were used as weapons of warfare and at other times as ceremonial items. The specific function of this sword is unknown. It is distinguished from other Mbun swords in that its hilt is not studded with brass.Physical Description
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.Primary Object Classification Metalwork Primary Object TypeswordCollection AreaAfricanRights
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metalwork (visual works)