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axe (quebé) with handle (ca one)
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • axe (quebé) with handle (ca one), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, metal, plant fiber, gum resin
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 19.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 7 5/8 x 1 3/8 x 1 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 32 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 12 5/8 x 3/4 in
    Object Length/Diameter: c) 31.5 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: c) 12 3/8 x 12 3/8 in
    Object Length: d) 86 cm
    Object Length: d) 33 7/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5297.a-d

The axe has four parts.

2007.5297.a: is a short, straight wooden handle with a small rectangular metal blade inserted in the end. It is held in place with a wrapping of plant fiber string covered with resin.
2007.5297.b,c: are two straight pieces of wood. These are probably the handle when assembled.
2007.5297.d: is a short length of twisted plant fiber cord with a loop in the end.

It was used for chopping open trees to retrieve honey.