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bolo knife?
  • Philippines
  • bolo knife?, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Philippines
  • ebony wood?, iron, brass, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 65 x 12 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 25 9/16 x 4 3/4 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Helen E. Hoey
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0391

This is a knife with a curved iron blade and a non-sharp point on the side opposite the cutting edge. The handle is made of wood, possibly ebony, and has a shoehorn-like projection with a ridge down the convex side. The brass band near the blade is decorated with incised curlicues.