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chimbuya axe?
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • chimbuya axe?, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron, brass, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 44 x 20.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 17 5/16 x 8 1/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0351

This axe has a wooden handle and iron blade. The blade has small tabs on either side of the cutting edge. There are two bands of three incised lines near the wood and two semicircles filled with dots on the blade. The wooden knob opposite the blade has a thick band of brass tacks, and possibly iron tacks, near the shaft but leaving the end of the knob undecorated. The shaft is covered with 28 brass bands, each with a line near the edge. There is only 3-4 cm of wooden handle exposed on either end.

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