Mid 19th century and likely dating to the period of slave trade to America. 43" total length the well forged Azande style blade (the slave trade resulted in a cultural mix in central Congo where pure styles were lost). Wood haft with finely carved medial expansion and trade iron tape above and below. Shows the fine deep age character which is valued in African art with old stable oxidation to the iron and encrustation over glossy patina to the wood. The butt and one side of the medial with erosion to the wood as expected. Proportions which allowed close quarter use in huts when villages were attacked and their entire populations removed or put to death. Wonderful character.