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chimbuya axe?
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • chimbuya axe?, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron, brass, incising, stamping
  • Object Length/Width: 43 x 22 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 7/8 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0344

This is an axe with an iron blade and wooden handle. The blade has a crescent shape at the cutting edge. One face has a stamped circle at the bottom point and a dotted line from the handle to the cutting edge and bends to the bottom point. The other face has three stamped circles (at both points and midpoint) and a dotted line from the handle to the cutting edge, but it turns toward the top point. The handle opposite the blade is covered in brass and possibly iron tacks. There is a line of small circular divots around the wooden portion that extends opposite the blade. There are five brass bands wrapped around the handle with incised lines. There is another brass band separated from the others. The remainder of the handle is undecorated wood.

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