Short swordArtist(s)KeleObject Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportmetal, wood, and wireDimensions
18 1/8 in x 3 15/16 in (46 cm x 10 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, its lack of embellishments suggests that it was most likely used as a weapon. Physical Description
The blade of this sword has two slight, triangular protrusions on each edge. On one side of the blade are closely placed incisions running the length of the blade. The wooden handle is wrapped in wire. Primary Object Classification Metalwork Primary Object TypeswordCollection AreaAfricanRights
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metalwork (visual works)