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, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 71.5 x 26 cm
    Object Length/Width: 28 1/8 x 10 1/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0343

This dark wood handle has a bulbous end where an iron blade is inserted. The fan shaped iron blade has a long stem, decorated on both sides with incised triangles. The end of the blade that protrudes through the handle is curved upward toward the end of the handle.