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chimbuya axe?
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • chimbuya axe?, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, carving, metal, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 38.5 x 20 cm
    Object Length/Width: 15 1/8 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0346

This is an axe with a wooden handle and iron blade. The blade is "T" shaped with a wide body and slightly bowed crossbar, which is the cutting edge. The incised design on the body of the "T" has two rows of three triangles with grid design and two semicircles filled with dots. The semicircles are only present on one side, the other side has a line in their place. There is a single triangle at either end. There are notches in the back top of the blade that continue into the wooden portion opposite the blade where the notches continue most of the distance. The handle is undecorated otherwise.

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