An unusual brass-hilted African sword
probably Cameroons, 19th century
Straight, broad 31 inch double edged blade, the edges incised with sawtooth bands bordering the raised median ridge. Sand cast bronze hilt of anthropomorphic form, the downturned quillons and upraised 'arms' of the pommel with knobbed finials; tang protruding through the end of grip and worked as a stylized 'head'; grip pierced and molded with a design of scrolling bands highlighted with applied brass bosses.
Condition: Blade with dark patina, areas of pitting and frittering to edges. Hilt with dark patina.