Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • saber, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • iron, wood, brass, hide, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 76 x 14 cm
    Object Length/Width: 29 7/8 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0411

This is a long, curved sword with a wooden handle. The blade has a flared extension on the convex edge, near the end. The cutting surface is on the concave side, and may extend onto the flared extension on the convex side. The blade is decorated with incised "X's" and the triangles are filled with parallel lines, leaving a band of plain diamonds. This decoration ends at the proximal end of the flared extension. The other surface is undecorated except for a single line of parallel marks down the middle, which end at the flared extension. There is a small barb-shaped projection near the handle on the concave edge and it has a notched edge.

The wooden handle is oval in cross section, flaring at the end. The flare is decorated with incised lines. The portion of the handle near the blade is wrapped with twisted brass wire. Short hide strip is looped through the bit of iron that extended through the handle.