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dagger with curved blade
  • Liberia
  • dagger with curved blade, late 1800–1930s?
  • Where object was made: Liberia
  • iron, wood, carving, woodburning?
  • Object Length/Width: 42 x 15 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 1/2 x 5 7/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0370

This knife has a wooden handle. The iron blade is narrow at the base, widens then narrows and curves while continuing to get narrower. Both edges have a cutting surface. The end is blunted and may have been broken off. The wooden handle is split at one end to accept the blade. A strip of iron is wrapped around the handle to keep the blade in place. The handle is cylindrical though it narrows a bit at the end before flaring to a knob. The knob is light colored but most of the handle is dark, possibly due to woodburning.