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knife and sheath
  • Ifugao or Negrito peoples
  • knife and sheath, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Philippines
  • metal, horn, leather, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: a 58 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: a 22 13/16 x 2 3/4 in
    Object Length/Width: b 81 x 9.5 cm length including strap
    Object Length/Width: b 31 7/8 x 3 3/4 in length including strap
  • Gift of the Olga E. and Lt. Colonel Raymond H. Hollis family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3520.a,b

The large knife (2007.3520.a) has a carved horn handle and leather scabbard (2007.3520.b).

The knife has a large blade, and comes to a sharp point at the end, though it only has one cutting edge. The guard is brass. The handle is made of brown horn, similar to a pistol grip but more angular. There is a small notch on the underside. It is decorated with two sets of three parallel incised lines.

The sheath is made of brown leather. The thin strap at the open end is knotted together. The band near the opening is decorated with two silver colored grommets and a four petaled black flower. The body of the sheath is incised with curving lines and "1957." There is short fringe at the tip.