From the collection of: Private collector


19th century likely - Hausa or Nupe


A very wide takouba, to the point of likely being a status piece and not a typical fighting weapon. It conforms broadly with other wide blades, being flat without marks, the blade is noted as extremely flexible and on the thin side, featuring two copper plugs in the tip. The brass hilt intricately worked with typical design motifs. The pommel is of the usual domed form for these swords and the entire piece looks to have very good age.

This is the widest takouba I am aware of and likely represented the position of the owner within society - probably a palace official at least.


Overall: 82.5cm
Blade width: 18cm