Takouba, 20th century Straight, double-edged …

Takouba, 20th century

Straight, double-edged blade of lenticular section, with three fullers at the forte and two, crescent-marks. Leather-covered quillon and grip. Circular, iron pommel with big, square cusp, partially plated with brass. Leather scabbard, decorated with geometrical imprints and brass mounts, small damage at the tip. Two, leather, suspension bands. length 92 cm.

I’m still learning about takouba, but this one is 20th century to my eye. Maybe mid-20th century. Takouba are still made today, both for tourists and as a part of traditional dress. They are often attributed to the Tuareg, but the takouba was/is used by a variety of peoples.