MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Kuba Knife / Small Sword
Object Name:
Knife, Kuba
Other Name:
Sword / Knife, Kuba
Place of Origin:
Kuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 19—1/2"
W = 3—1/2"
D = 2—1/4"

Knives, daggers and swords from the Kuba people are used as prestige items. Historical documents indicate that quantities of them were brought to the Congo by Portuguese and Dutch traders beginning around the 16th century. Many weapons were then forged by Congolese blacksmiths to emulate foreign examples. They were reserved for nobles and used for important ceremonial occasions.

Knives, axes, currency blades and spears, all made of forged iron, attest to the skills in metal of the Kuba peoples of central Africa. Most exhibit an inventive variety of form and workmanship far beyond what was functionally necessary.
Knife with large wooden handle, flat hand—hammered blade, expanding at pointed end with an undulating point.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Iron
Ritually Used
Carving / Metal Working
Art Department, MSSU
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