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Old 24th August 2017, 04:45 PM   #10
fernando
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Thank you for your post, Reventlov.
As you can see, thess are the types of Portuguese swords that 'inspired' African natives to produce their own version, like the Mbelle a Lulendo.
In reality, the allusion you might have read about this sword example is that it is the type, or one of the types, depicted in the six panels of São Vicente, a large oil on wood painted by Nuno Gonçalves around 1470-1480.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...gos40_kopie.jpg
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The sword is indeed in the Military Museum and the panels are in the Museum of Antique Art.

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Although a more precise style as depicted in the panels is more like this one, a typical Portuguese sword of the third quarter XV cebtury.

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