Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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knife sheath
  • unknown Shona maker
  • knife sheath, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • leather, brass, wire
  • Object Length/Width: 25 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 9 13/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0415

This leather knife sheath is entirely wrapped in thin strips of brass and wire. The middle band of wire wrapping is made of twisted wire. The bands at the top and bottom are untwisted wire. There is a longitudinal seam on one surface and two small slits on the other side through which a brass ring is strung.