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Maker:
Mbole artist  Search this
Medium:
Iron, copper alloy, wood
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 58.7 x 14.7 x 2.3 cm (23 1/8 x 5 13/16 x 7/8 in.)
Type:
Weapon and Armament
Geography:
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date:
Late 19th-early 20th century
Description:
Long triangular iron blade that flares then narrows then flares before narrowing to a rounded point. Conical copper alloy hilt, with band of copper wire and ending in flattened, dimpled disk pommel.
Provenance:
Glen Rhodes, McLean, Virginia, -- to 2002
Published References:
Hurst, Norman. 1997. Ngola: The Weapon as Authority, Identity, and Ritual Object in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cambridge, MA: Hurst Gallery, pp. 32-33, no. 43.
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Glen Rhodes
Object number:
2002-19-18
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2002-19-18