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Iron knives, swords, and other weapons are more than armaments; they are powerful symbols of prestige and authority. Many weapons are intricately adorned with abstract geometric patterns, figurative elements, western-made objects, and copper accents, all of which are intended to increase the...

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Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, South Africa, Zulu peoples, 20th century

Object Place

South Africa


Overall: 79 x 7 x 7 cm (31 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

wood, wire


Africa and Oceania


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Axes, Maces, Clubs