Iconic form, Fischer #349, with 14” spear shaped blade engraved at the forte with a panel of abstract designs, both sides. The fine wood hilt with integral guard which is rarely found on African weapons and extensions over the blade forte. The blade root with integral spurs which shield the guard. Fine aged condition throughout. The Fang, noted for their carving in ivory, were cannibals as documented by Mary Kingsley who visited in 1893-95 and wrote Travels in West Africa, a 1897 best seller. The reports were confirmed independently by Sir Richard Burton. The Fang would wage war which, after the death of a few enemies, was concluded. The dead were brought home and eaten.