Short sword with wooden sheath

African, Ekonda peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Democratic Republic of the Congo


Overall: 50 x 15 x 11 cm (19 11/16 x 5 7/8 x 4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, metal, copper sheet metal, brass tacks, wire

On View

Richard B. Carter Gallery (Gallery 171)


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art


Arms and armor

This short sword, which comes from the Ekonda peoples, has an iron blade, a wooden handle, and a wooden sheath adorned with European brass furniture tacks. European-made items such as buttons, beads, and brass tacks would be integrated into prestigious objects. Such objects were often associated with important members of society.


1970s, acquired in Paris by 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