Short swordArtist(s)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportmetal, brass, and woodDimensions
22 1/2 in x 4 3/16 in x 2 1/8 in (57.2 cm x 10.7 cm x 5.4 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 slits and tapers in its design suggest that it was not used for warfare. Physical Description
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. Primary Object Classification Metalwork Primary Object TypeswordCollection AreaAfricanRights
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metalwork (visual works)