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: 44 x 22 cm
    Object Length/Width: 17 5/16 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0393

This knife has a hooked iron blade. The triangular blade, hooked to one side, has smaller points at the uneven base of the triangle and a stem that inserts into the wooden handle. There is one hole near the concave cutting edge. The handle is a very dark wood. It is mostly circular in cross section, with a large cylindrical pommel and a narrower cylindrical grip. 1/3 of the grip length is flattened to an ovoid shape where the iron blade inserts. This portion is wrapped with a long thin brass strip.