Yoruba Ogboni Edan Bronze Ceremonial Sword


A very old ceremonial sword made of iron. From the tribal group of the Yoruba people who live on the other side of the border of Nigeria in the country of Benin (formerly Dahomey). This tribal group of the Yoruba people is called ‘Nago’. The iron sword blade, sharpened on one side, displays a characteristic Yoruba type, becoming broader towards the tip of the blade. At the front, wider part there is are openwork recessed crosses. The entire surface of the iron blade appears to be corroded, as if this ritual sword of the Nago has been buried in the ground for a long time. The hilt is made of yellow cast-alloy (brass) using ‘waste mould’ casting. 23" x 4" x 3"