Bird-headed Ceremonial Knife (musele)

Unidentified Fang or Kota maker


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collected about 1892

Iron, brass and copper wire

Overall: 10 7/16 × 12 3/16 × 1 3/8 in. (26.5 × 31 × 3.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of William and Christine Bannerman in memory of Reverend and Mrs. William S. Bannerman



Place Made: Gabon, Central Africa, Africa


19th century

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Research Area


Not on view

Course History

COLT 73.4, Violence, Ayo Coly, Winter 2015

THEA 23, AAAS 54, Topics in African Theater and Performance, Laura Edmondson, Winter 2015

Exhibition History

The Art of Weapons: Selections from the African Collection, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 26, 2014 -March 13, 2016.

Publication History

Ugochukwu C. Nzewi, The Art of Weapons, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2014, checklist no. 52; ill. fig. 3, p. 5


Collected by Reverend William S. Bannerman (1856-1934), in Gabon about 1892; given to his son, Henry Foster Bannerman (1908-1984), Titusville, New Jersey; given to his son, William H. Bannerman (1937- ) and Christine Bannerman, Wallingford, Vermont; given to present collection, 2013.

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