From the collection of: Chris Topping


Likely mid to late 20th century - Hausa or perhaps Fulani?


A very similar sword to curved takouba 06 - also from the same contributor’s collection. He notes:

What is striking about this is the similarity between the blade decoration on this and my other. However, the similarity ends there (OK they are both curved). Hilt is totally different, this one being what I associate with 1970s design. Steel is soft and very easily bent out of shape – no spring in it at all. Quite a different type of steel to the other one. As a decorative item it is actually quite nice, but this was produced for show not fighting. But I’m left to wonder whether the decoration has some meaning since it is nearly identical.


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