A good large and scarce African tribal dagger of the Tiv people
A good large and scarce African tribal dagger of the Tiv people, Nigeria, 19th Century. Of all iron construction with a loop shaped opening and a long curved stem termination in a sharpened rounded tip, it is decorated overall with filed ribs, incised decoration and lenticular depressions, the opening with raised herringbone chiselled band. Good patina overall.
Overall length 9¾" (24.8cms
an identical dagger in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, is labelled "Nungu or South Mada. S.W. of Bauchi Plateau N.Nigeria No 15"