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Poto, an Antique African Short Sword

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Weapons: Pre 1920: item # 1247451

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Poto, an Antique African Short Sword

A well crafted short sword from the NgBandi People of Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Located between the Ubangi and Middle Lualaba Rivers, the Ngbandi mainly hunt and farm for subsistence. They craft several styles of swords among which the Poto seems most prominent. This example retains the seldom encountered original scabbard, crafted from wood with a cover of woven cane and finished with bands of hide at the throat and foot. The sword handle is hardwood wrapped with hand made bronze or brass, flat wire. The hilt is domed and shows minor losses from use, The forged steel blade swells from the ricasso and tapers to a shovel point. The blade features an unusual medial ridge that is stepped. There is some surface rust at the tip which will clean easily. A fine, complete example.Early 20th C, pre 1920 ? The sword in scabbard is 26.5" overall, the sword is 23" and the blade is 15.5"

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