Forged blade terminating in two sickle shaped blades, with wood handle wrapped in copper, used in ritual ceremonies and served as a prestige object for processions.
They were carried by high ranking men who
had the authority to order an execution and on public occassions.
Blades of this type are described as “luxury weapons for notables and chiefs. They were also used
ceremonially, notably in initiation rites for young men”(Gosseau,
Tribal Arms Monographs Vol. 1 Nº2, 1997).
The Bango blade displays symmetry in abstract human form as it depicts
the raised, out stretched arms of a human figure.
Beautiful swords of this type were designed primarily as emblems of rank.
Height: 24 1/2" x Width: 8 1/8" on 4 1/2" base. It stands about 27" tall on its custom metal base.