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knife with sheath
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • knife with sheath, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron, tin, leather, carving, embossing
  • Object Length/Width: a) 19 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width: a) 7 1/2 x 1 3/16 in
    Object Length/Width: b) 15.5 x 8.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: b) 6 1/8 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0386.a,b

This small knife (2007.0386.a) has a short iron blade with one cutting edge. The wooden handle has a pronounced knob at the end, and a rounded segment with a circular hole in which the iron tang is visible. One deep groove and two smaller grooves separate these parts of the handle. The groove is a lighter color.

The sheath (2007.0386.b) has an undecorated leather back with four small horizontal slits and a metal coil through the top. The front is tin, with the edges folded over the leather edges, and nailed down. It is mostly "U" shaped, with a small tail off to one side. A band of dots is embossed around the borders. The center field is divided into decorated panels. There is a band of short vertical lines, then a square of cross hatches, then a square with two large "X's" and circles at the corner. At the bottom there is a square of crosshatching.