Sword Artist(s)SengeleArtist NationalitySengele (culture or style)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportiron and woodDimensions
21 5/8 in x 6 7/16 in x 1 3/4 in (54.93 cm x 16.35 cm x 4.45 cm)Credit LineGift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
This is a ceremonial sword. It was not forged for the purposes of warfare. It is a design that has been adopted by several groups in central Africa, including the Nkundu, Zobo, Loki, and Teke. The double arching blades in particular were an influence from a history of trade with the Ngombe and other groups in the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Physical Description
The wooden handle of this sword has two sharp projections at its end. The blade is wide and has a double-arched end. Primary Object Classification Metalwork Primary Object TypeswordCollection AreaAfricanRights
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