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Short sword with wooden sheath

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This short sword, which comes from the Ekonda peoples, has an iron blade, a wooden handle, and a wooden sheath adorned with European brass furniture tacks. European-made items such as buttons, beads, and brass tacks would be integrated into prestigious objects. Such objects were often associated...

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1970s, acquired in Paris by 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, Ekonda peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Overall: 50 x 15 x 11 cm (19 11/16 x 5 7/8 x 4 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, metal, copper sheet metal, brass tacks, wire


Africa and Oceania


Arms and armor