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Blade of a Sword

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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 (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)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Cameroon Grassfields, 20th century

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Overall: 53.5 x 11 x 7 cm (21 1/16 x 4 5/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

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Africa and Oceania


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