From the collection of: Iain Norman

Attribution

19th century - attributed by previous owner to the city of Bida (Nupe culture).

Comments

A highly unusual takouba from the Nupe people. Distinct from Tuareg and Hausa work in that the decorative motifs are different and the overall shape and style of the weapon is a subtle variation.

The hilt is brass, plated over a leather covered guard. The terminal of the pommel contains a small round of copper underneath the tang nub - likely for superstitious beliefs regarding the properties of various metals. While the decorative patterns are similar to Hausa work, the use of a more rounded style is an immediate differentiator. This is carried over onto the scabbard chape and throat.

The blade is native steel, with two fullers and chiseled variants of the dukari moons. Carrying a somewhat soft temper, as is usual with native blades, it is however formed with some notable skill and retains average flex. The cross section is lenticular and surprisingly well executed. Not the more usual flat profile often found on native blades. The edge is also finely forged, not heavily ground and unusually the edge is carried up to within several centimeters of the guard - rather than the first third of the blade being left blunt like most takouba. The edge shows nicks and wear associated with heavy usage as well as a minor kink in the blade, likely from being caught in a bind during action.

The profile of the weapon is much slimmer than the average takouba, more delicate and almost rapier like in comparison to larger Hausa versions. An interesting sub variant in the takouba family with a beautiful profile.

Measurements

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