Ceremonial sword (gubasa)
Arts of Africa
late 19th-early 20th century
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Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Fon. Ceremonial sword (gubasa), late 19th-early 20th century. Iron, wood, 27 1/16 x 5 in. (68.7 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 25696. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 25696_PS10.jpg)
overall, 25696_PS10.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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Iron with wooden handle in shape of animal head (dog?). Blade tip surmounted by cutout of animal (crocodile?). Rest of curving blade engraved with decoration of flowers and other plant forms. A curving wire wraps around handle and ends in a tight curl. Condition: good. Metal discoloration. Ears of wooden "dog" are chipped.
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