An interesting African sword with a figural hilt carved of hardwood. Uncertain of the attribution, we have not encountered a sword of this configuration in the past. It has been suggested that it may be Yaka. Sold by Butterfield & Butterfield in 1998. The spear point blade is clearly hand forged but not crude and has two lines of geometric decoration on each side. The hilt carving has been frequently handled and the features have become some what muted as a result. A scarce addition to any African or edged weapon collection. Overall length 21", Hilt 5.75" and blade 15.25. C1940 Accompanied by a metal display stand.