Very Rare Dagger of the Baule Tribe, Ivory Coast - 9018

The swords and daggers of the Baule tribe were very rare and sought after by collectors of African weapon / tribal arts. The Baule people reside in Ivory Coast and Neighboring Ghana and known to be masters of wood work and wood engraving. We offer here for sale a classical dagger / short sword of the Baule. The blade is leaf shaped, 13 inches long 5 inches wide and very well forged. The handle is carved hardwood highly polished. The scabbard is wood, covered with hide and set with red painted shells, which were added only to weapons of highly prestigious owners. Total length 13 inches. Very good condition. Few of the shells are partially loose. Age cracks in the handle and damage to the pommel tip. A very rare authentic piece.