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This short sword (ikul) has abstract geometric patterns carved into its woodern handle that recall Kuba raffia mat patterns, as well as engraved fullers in its copper blade. Such short swords are associated with masculine power and Kuba royalty. Previously, swords such as this would have been...

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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, Kuba peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Overall: 30 x 7 x 6 cm (11 13/16 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, copper alloy, wire


Africa and Oceania


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