Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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knife sheath
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • knife sheath, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • tin, leather, wire, embossing, stamping
  • Object Length/Width: 18 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width: 7 1/16 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0377

This tin sheath is mostly "U" shaped. The tail, formerly present on one side, has been broken off, revealing the leather backing to be hide, with the fur situated to the inside of the sheath. There is a band of raised dots around the edge. The center has a band of two scallops, the remainder of the center is filled with cross hatching, and the negative space is filled with small dots. The leather back has two small vertical slits. The edges of tin are folded over the leather and nailed in place. There are thick wire stitches at the very bottom.

The knife that originally went with this sheath was used for "domestic purposes." The sheath itself is made from repurposed cans.