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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)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Central Africa, 20th century


Height x width: 17 15/16 x 6 1/2 in. (45.6 x 16.5 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Metal, wood, iron


Africa and Oceania


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