Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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dagger with a curved blade
  • unknown Shona maker
  • dagger with a curved blade, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • iron, brass, wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width: 40.5 x 22 cm
    Object Length/Width: 15 15/16 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0392

This knife has a hooked iron blade. Each edge appears to be a cutting surface. The wooden handle is round in cross section though it flattens to an oval near the blade. The portion adjacent to the blade is wrapped with a thin band of brass, wrapped five times. It is held in place with a few brass tacks. There is a hole through the handle at the other end and a hole in the pommel.