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: 64 x 22 cm
    Object Length/Width: 25 3/16 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0341

This wooden shaft has a bulbous end where an iron blade is inserted. The fan- shaped iron blade has a stem decorated with incised triangles on both sides. The stem goes all the way through the shaft and curls back over the end of the axe.