Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Shona maker
  • axe, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • wood, iron, carving
  • Object Length/Width: 36 x 18 cm
    Object Length/Width: 14 1/8 x 7 1/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0354

This axe has a wooden handle and a knife-like iron blade. It is a narrow blade with a cutting surface along the edge that comes to a point. The tail of the blade goes through the wooden handle and curves up to the top of the handle. The top of the handle has a notch 1 cm wide, for an unknown purpose.