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Although the shape of the knife's blade is similar to the club-knives produced by the Kuba, this Yakoma blade is split right before the blade meets the handle. Similarly, the handle is wrapped in copper. Both of these design features are typical of Yakoma blades. Often, it is difficult to...

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Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yakom peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Overall: 31.5 x 10 x 4.5 cm (12 3/8 x 3 15/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Iron, copper, wood


Africa and Oceania


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Swords, Daggers, Knives