Lot: 236

85th Tribal Art Auction

Sword

Ghana, Ashanti

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Emil Storrer, Zurich, Switzerland
Edith Hafter, Solothurn, Switzerland
H: 28 inch 2000 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

metal, wood, remains of pigments, open worked blade, broadening to the top, wooden handle carved with two knobs with incised decor and two faces each, min. dam., traces of corrosion, base; such swords were primarily ceremonial and prestige objects, because they have neither point nor cutting edge.They were displayed at the royal court reflecting the power and authority of the king.


van der Pas, Kathy et. al. (ed), Aspects, Akan cultures in Ghana, The Hague 2001, p. 53