19th century. 21 ¼” greatest dimension. The “bird head” blade 14 ½” length. Forged iron of iconic form with large oval “eye” to the birds with another ahead, chiseled in. Back spur to the base. Further chiseled borders and chevron bands. Wire wrapped cylindrical grip. The large terminal or pommel as addorsed mortuary faces of the type found on the iconic Kota ossuary basket figures. Each of depressed oval, sheathe in brass bands with brass and copper facial features. The bladed with stabilized oxidation throughout. The hilt with enormous character combining fine variegated patinas with the charming stylistic interpretation of ancestral beauty. Such figures are known to have influenced impressionist art in Europe.