Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • hoe, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron?, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 45 x 9.5 x 29 cm depth including blade
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 17 11/16 x 3 3/4 x 11 3/8 in depth including blade
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3196.a,b

The hooked wooden handle (2007.3196.a) is decorated with a small face that has a single spike-like projection at the top, identified as a Chikunza mask. The spike is decorated with horizontal bands. The scooped metal blade (2007.3196.b) has a long triangular extension that inserts into the wooden handle. The shaft of the handle is a light natural color, and the hooked portion, including the face, is darker.