Chiefs Dagger

A dagger, made with an iron blade, and a wooden handle inlaid bands of ivory, wood, brass and metal. The sheath is made from tooled leatherwork with a tassel, in Mandingo leatherwork, Mandingo here, refers to a type of craftsmanship associated with Muslim elites.

Further Information

  • Type: Weapons, armour
  • Object: Chiefs Dagger
  • Materials: Bone, ivory, tooth, Wood, Metal
  • Culture Group: Other
  • Dimensions: 245mm [L] x 25mm [W] x 20mm [C]
  • Production Date: Pre 1914
  • Associated Places: Freetown
  • Associated People: S. Desylla
  • Museum: British Museum
  • Accession Number: BM:Af.1914.-.297.a

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