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Iron, copper alloy, wood
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.)
Weapon and Armament
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Late 19th-early 20th century
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.
Glen Rhodes, McLean, Virginia, -- to 2002
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.
Gift of Dr. Glen Rhodes
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