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chimbuya axe?
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • chimbuya axe?, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron, brass, wire, paint, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 41.5 x 21.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 5/16 x 8 7/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0355
Label Text

This axe has a wooden handle and iron blade. The blade has a crescent shaped cutting edge that extends past the straight body. Each end of the cutting surface has a small tab. One face of the blade has two overlapping incised/dotted zigzags next to another zigzag. The other face has two sets of overlapping dotted zigzags. The wooden portion opposite the blade is flattened and has a series of notches along the top edge and an openwork wooden zigzag on the bottom edge. The flat sides are covered with brass tacks, some of which are painted red but have no discernible pattern. The top half of the wooden handle is wrapped with brass wire. The end of the handle has a pointed ridge around it.

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