The blade has an armour piercing tip and a heavy rib.
The shoulders of the lance are immense and clearly show the forging effort required.
The result is a very thick and sturdy blade.
This large lance head is likely from the Bornu region of Nigeria. Although similar lances were used across northern Nigeria and ev…
When compared to some smaller swords it is of nearly the same dimensions.
This image shows it with another similar although less old lance.
Compared to a regular sized takouba sword the proportions are somewhat astounding.
The second mark is a dagger or split upright cross. Again, traces of gold inlay remain.
One of the two marks present on the sword - the cross fourche. Originally these were completely inlaid with gold, traces still rem…
Detail of the decorated edge of the forte plates holding in place the blade.
The plates are attached to the guard by means of rivets that pass entirely through the steel guard structure.
Another closeup showing the very fine decorative detail.