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chimbuya axe?
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • chimbuya axe?, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron, brass, wire, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 37 x 18 cm
    Object Length/Width: 14 9/16 x 7 1/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0347

This axe has a wooden handle and iron blade. The triangular blade has a tab on either end of the otherwise rounded cutting edge. Both faces are decorated with an incised design consisting of two triangles filled with dots, an arc of three circles on one side, and bands of decoration on the stem (short parallel lines, crosshatching, and chevrons). The bulbous wooden knob opposite the blade is covered with brass tacks. The middle of the shaft is covered with brass bands and the handle above or below the bands is wrapped with brass wire which is fastened with brass tacks periodically.

It was worn over the left shoulder as a symbol of authority or power.