Mid-19th century. 10 3/4” shaped blade with opposing oddset fullers. Finely worked wood hilt with flared base and copper trade wire wrapped medial. The Tetela were slavers who used a variety of weapons depending on the situation. Shorter weapons served battle at close quarters as in the hut or kral with spears and sword used on the battle field. Once subdued, the adversaries were sorted for usefulness and saleablilty with fit men and women sent to market, and young men sometimes introduced into the ranks of the slavers. The old, infirm and wounded were executed.

Item ID: FNS4323

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