(CNN)As part of its commitment to return artifacts stolen during colonial times, France is returning a sword that belonged to a 19th century Islamic scholar and ruler in Senegal.
In a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal's capital city on Sunday, the French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe handed over the brass and wood sword to Senegal's President Macky Sall.
The sword originally belonged to Omar Saidou Tall, a west African ruler who led an anti-colonial struggle against the French in the 1850s.
He eventually signed a peace treaty with France in 1860. And according to French historian, Jean Suret-Canele, Saidou Tall died from a gunpowder explosion in 1864.
After his death, his sword and books from his library were seized by the French.