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knife with a curved blade
  • Mbangala or Ngala peoples
  • knife with a curved blade, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Ngala, Central African Republic
  • iron, wood, brass, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 66 x 20 x 7.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 26 x 7 7/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Kansas Bible Chair
  • Not on display
  • 1973.0090

Long knife with an elaborately formed and decorated iron blade. The long portion of the blade has two scallops on one side and the distal 1/3 has a hook-like curve. The surface has incised lines near the scalloped edge and another line that follows the edge. The base of the blade is wrapped with flattened metal strips, and a small segment of flattened and twisted metal strips. The wooden handle has two stacked disc-like segments and a round knob at the end. They are covered with brass tacks.