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chimbuya axe?
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • chimbuya axe?, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 42 x 22 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 1/2 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0345

This is an axe with a wooden handle and iron blade. The blade has a round stem with lines incised around it, which flattens into a trianglular blade with a tab at either end of the cutting edge, and a series of triangles of incised dots near the stem. The wooden knob opposite the blade is covered in small carved divots. There is a single band of divots around the end of the handle. The knob and a band near the end are darker than the shaft, possibly achieved through burning.

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