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

Object Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo


Overall: 31.5 x 10 x 4.5 cm (12 3/8 x 3 15/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Iron, copper, wood

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art


Swords, daggers, knives

Although the shape of the knife’s blade is similar to the club-knives produced by the Kuba, this Yakoma blade is split right before the blade meets the handle. Similarly, the handle is wrapped in copper. Both of these design features are typical of Yakoma blades. Often, it is difficult to discern the origin of a particular weapon because of how readily traded both ceremonial and practical weapons were.


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