One of the most important symbolic objects of the Ashanti people of Ghana are the iron ceremonial swords called "Afena". Some with elaborate carvings. and offerings on them are called an "Okomfo Afena" and were used by shrine priests. They originated as practical weapons, then took on various ideological and ritual roles. Dull blades, sometimes with openwork, show they were not intended to be functional weapons. They usually have a curved iron blade and an ornate and unique hilt. The specific functions and forms of swords vary from state to state. In general, swords are (or were) used for swearing oaths, as symbols of rank and safe passage, and for display.
A one-of-a-kind collectors vintage sword that would compliment your home or collection.
Comes on Stand
Shows Natural Age and Wear Museum Quality
58 Inches Tall
8.5 Inches Wide
7 3/4 Inches Wide
2.5 x 2.5
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