Four Takouba, Probably 20th Century
Lengths from left to right: 92 cm, 96.5 cm, 98 cm, 98.5 cm
Three Takouba, Sahel, Africa
Old warrior sword in metal, leather and yellow copper. Blade of local manufacture. L 93cm. Touareg. Sahara
Old style hilt with a locally made blade, probably 20th century.
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.
Takouba with 18th Century Blade
North African Sword, 18th Century, straight double edge 18th century broadsword blade cut with a pair of narrow fullers and etched at the forte on both sides with foliate motifs and a cartouche containing a sun and dove, one piece iron cruciform hilt with pierced rectangular-section quillons each with a ribbed end, oval pommel with flat base, top convex with central rib. Blade 89.5cms.
Sudanese takouba, Western Sahel, circa 1950.
The Geographical Range of the Takouba
The takouba is strongly associated with the Tuareg, but it was used across a huge region by numerous peoples. Check out takouba.org for more on this fascinating sword type.