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chimbuya axe?
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • chimbuya axe?, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron, pigment, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 30.5 x 17.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 12 x 6 7/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0350

This axe has a wooden handle and iron blade. The blade has a round stem with two incised lines before it flattens into the triangular blade, with two zigzags that run about half the distance to the edge on both faces. The wooden knob opposite the blade is covered with circular divots. Red pigment, possibly camwood, is visible in the circles. The remainder of the handle is undecorated.

It was intended to be worn over the left shoulder as a symbol of authority.