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.
Salampasu Sword W/Sheath
Object Name:
Sword, W/Sheath
Other Name:
Knife W/Scabbard
Place of Origin:
Salampasu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 22"
W = 3"
D = 2"

The 60,000 Salampasu people live on the frontier between the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and Angola.

Noted on appraisl: Mangbetu, Republic of the Congo, Africa. Knife W/Scabbard.

Described as a Congo knife bought at a rectory sale, (perhaps item collected by missionary). Dated: 1920 — 1930.

New information 05/5/2016
While the knife could be used to defend or attack, the knife was used by masked dancers belonging to the warriors' society called mungongo. They were a governing institution that served to integrate young men into Salampasu society.

Knife with wooden handle, undulating blade with planished edges. Straight broad scabbard covered with cloth, with abstract facial features on front.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Iron and Cloth
Ritually Used
Carving / Metal Working / Cloth
Art Department, MSSU
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