Double Sickle KnifeArtist(s)MangbetuArtist NationalityMangbetuObject Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportmetal and ivoryDimensions
10 5/8 in x 6 1/2 in (27 cm x 16.5 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. However, the double sickle design suggests that it was most likely not used for warfare.Physical Description
This elaborate sword has a short main shaft that splits at its end into two opposite directions, forming two blades that curve slightly downward. In the middle of the shaft are two small stems that curve upward with leaf-life formations at their tips. The handle is ivory. On one side of the blade is the following inscription: FOROVRO. On the other side is: ODRUFAPrimary Object Classification Metalwork Primary Object TypeknifeCollection AreaAfricanRights
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metalwork (visual works)