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: 79 x 14 cm
    Object Length/Width: 31 1/8 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0410

This is a sword with a long curved iron blade and flat, flared extension on the convex edge near the end. The cutting edge is concave, and possibly extends onto the flared extension on the convex side. There is a small barb-shaped projection with a notched edge near the handle on the concave side. One surface of the blade is decorated with a line of parallel marks perpendicular to the notched projection and there is another line at the level of the flared extension at the end. The other surface is decorated with two longitudinal ridges.

The wooden handle flares near the end. The whole handle is wrapped in twisted brass wire. Brass tacks decorate the ends of the brass wrapping. A narrow hide strip is looped through the iron loop that extends through the handle.