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Iron knives, swords, and axes were more than armaments; they were powerful symbols of prestige and authority. Many weapons, including this sword from the Maniema region of what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are intricately adorned with abstract geometric patterns and figurative...

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Provenance

About 2000, sold by Ile du Demon, Paris to Alan Helms, Boston; 2009, gift of Alan Helms to the MFA. (Accession date: December 16, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Alan Helms

African, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20th century

Dimensions

Overall: 62.9 x 12.7 cm (24 3/4 x 5 in.) Lender accessory (Mount): 17.8 x 10.2 cm (7 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5114

Medium or Technique

Wood, iron

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

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