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?, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 47 x 8.5 x 38 cm depth including blade
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 18 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 14 15/16 in depth including blade
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3197.a,b
Label Text

The hooked wooden handle (2007.3197.a) is decorated with a small face that has a single spike-like projection at the top, identified as Chikunza. The spike is decorated with diagonal lines, oriented to the forehead. The scooped metal blade (2007.3197.b) has a long triangular extension that inserts into the wooden handle. The handle is medium brown. There is red pigment on the blade.