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c. 1900

Iron, wood, and brass

Overall: 57.2 cm (22 1/2 in.); Blade: 41.4 cm (16 5/16 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.743


This beautifully-wrought knife served as a symbol of political authority among the Ngala. Quite literally it signified the power of life and death for its form was derived from that of an executioner's knife.

See also
African Art
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor
Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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