Requires Photography

Knife

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


Object Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2009.2550

Medium or Technique

Iron, copper, wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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