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: 52 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 20 1/2 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0361

This long-bladed iron knife has a wooden handle. The proximal segment of the blade does not have a cutting edge. It is decorated with one incised line on each face. The distal segment is more leaf-shaped, coming to a long point at the end. It has a cutting edge for most of its length and is decorated (on both faces) with a single incised line that mirrors the cutting edge on the side opposite the line on the proximal segment.