Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • dagger, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron, carving, incising, stamping
  • Object Length/Width: 56 x 9 cm
    Object Length/Width: 22 1/16 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0362

This is a long-bladed dagger (possibly a sword) with a wooden handle. The iron blade tapers to a point and has a wide base with points on either side. There are two holes through the blade near the base and another hole 2/3 of the distance away from the handle. There are incised lines on both faces from the handle to the distal hole and another that mirrors the shape of the cutting edge.

Side one has three blocks of incised decoration between incised lines. The middle block has a band of incised diamonds and parallel lines in the negative space outside the diamonds. The blocks on either side of this one are stamped zigzags.

Side two is filled with zigzags. It has a "T" shaped wooden handle. The cylindrical portion is the body of the "T" and the crossbar is a half circle- shaped piece of wood, half of which has broken off and is not present.