Short Sword with Sheath, ntsakh or fa
Fang, Gabon/Equatorial Guinea/Cameroon
Forged iron, brass (plate, tacks, and wire), wood, iron, vegetable fiber, copper coil
Late 19th/early 20th century
This fine short sword with its original sheath comes from the Fang, who inhabit the rainforest in an area that stretches over three countries. The sheath, called abam, is composed entirely of vegetable fiber, which is woven with fascinatingly intricate detail. While primarily a symbol of status, these blades were also used in a ceremonial context, and are very functional as well, with two sharp cutting edges (Elsen, De fer et de fierté , 2003).
Ex Christie's Paris, 7 June 2005 (Sale 5307, Lot 225).
19.75 in :: 50 cm
Inventory # 10456