Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

knife with sheath
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • knife with sheath, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron, tin, leather, embossing, carving
  • Object Length/Width: a) 16 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width: a) 6 5/16 x 1 3/16 in
    Object Length/Width: b) 14.5 x 9 cm
    Object Length/Width: b) 5 11/16 x 3 9/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0383.a,b

This small knife (2007.0383.a) has a short iron blade with one cutting edge. The flat wooden handle has one hole in which the iron tang is visible. The edges are notched. There are small divots above the open hole, inside a band defined by incised lines.

The sheath (2007.0383.b) has an undecorated hide back with two small vertical slits. The front is tin, the edges are folded over the leather edges, and nailed down. It is mostly "U" shaped, with a small tail off to one side. There are bands of dots embossed around the borders. The center field is divided into decorated panels. The top rectangle is divided into three triangles of parallel lines. There are two vertical rectangles of crosshatching.