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Warfare in Africa

Two swords and sheaths

Length: 89.000 cm

AOA 1979.Af1.4677.a, b;AOA 1979.Af1.4678.a, b

Two swords and sheaths

From: the western Sahara (Eastern Senegal, Guinea, Mali)
Date: mid-20th century

These beautiful swords belonged to important Manding men. They were first designed to be used from horseback. They have curved steel blades, sharp on one side and set in a handle with no finger guard.

The scabbards, with their big tassels and huge round leather buttons, are all made of leather.