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Throwing Knife

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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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yakom peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Overall: 33 x 13 x 3 cm (13 x 5 1/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, iron


Africa and Oceania


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