Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bolo knife with scabbard
  • Moro peoples
  • bolo knife with scabbard, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Philippines
  • iron, wood, hide, metal, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: a) 57.5 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: a) 22 5/8 x 2 3/4 in
    Object Length/Width: b) 47 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: b) 18 1/2 x 2 3/4 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0398.a,b

This knife (2007.0398.a) with an iron blade, has a knob on the handle, carved to look like a stylized animal head with a horn on the nose. It has incised decorations over most of the wooden surface. The guard is metal.

The scabbard (2007.0398.b) is made of two slats of wood, held together with originally gold-colored bands. The top has a thick band of hide, though only a small amount of fur is left, visible near the seam.