19th century as recorded by Glave in 1890 being used in the hideous executions and dismemberment for human consumption. 26" overall. Good example of the classic form with four cylindrical lug projections to the back and question mark form edge. The back with chiseled field of stipple indents in bands. The right side with linear engraved decoration. The left side with triple fullered forte. Bun form terminal to the hilt. The grip wrapped in iron band, probably acquired in trade for slaves. Fine uniform aging. Two small edge nicks and two short age cracks or laminations. A true icon of the slave trade and cannibalistic culture. As sculptural as it is historic.