From the collection of: Iain Norman


Guduf people of the Mandara Mountains - Likely 19th or turn of the 20th century.


An unusual sword that is not particularly takouba like, but is interesting in that the region it comes from features many takouba like swords.

The blade is steel, flat on one side, but with a mid rib on the other. The ribbed side is decorated with fullers and incised lines.

The hilt is cow horn, two segments and a metal butt cap. Overall a very sturdy, well balanced weapon. Far better put together than many takouba I’ve handled!

Attribution from the work of Wente-Lukas.


Overall: 80cm