Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • dagger, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • iron, wood, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 42 x 6.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 16 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0365

This long-bladed knife has a wooden handle. The iron blade tapers to a point, which is wider at the base with points on either side. There are two small holes through the blade near the handle. Both faces have the same decoration: an incised line that reflects the shape of the edge and another at the midline which goes 2/3 of the distance to the point. There are four areas of design in a defined area: bands of parallel diagonal lines near the base, a zigzag line with parallel lines on one side of the zigzag, herringbone-like pattern, and dashed lines. The wooden handle is cylindrical with a cone-like expansion at the end.