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chimbuya axe?
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • chimbuya axe?, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron, brass, carving, incising
  • 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
  • 2007.0348

The axe has a wooden handle and iron blade. The blade has a round stem with lines incised around it. The triangular blade has two small tabs on either end of the cutting edge and each side has a row of four incised triangles, connected at the points, filled with dots and ending midblade with two hooks. The bulbous wooden knob opposite the blade is covered with small carved divots and three brass tacks. The end of the handle has a ridge then a small button-like knob.

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