Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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stone axe
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • stone axe, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Northern Territory, Australia
  • wood, stone, gum resin, paint, human hair?
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 46 x 14 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 18 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3612

The black stone axe head has a handle comprising two ends of a bent piece of wood. The wood is held to the head with resin and is painted red. The end of the handle has a loop of twisted hair holding them together.