Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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adze handle
  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • adze handle, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 8.5 x 3.5 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 7 7/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5687

This is a wooden handle for an adze. The top of the handle has a knob-like extension on each end. One has two dots and a line to represent a face. The struts are angled in slightly to the flat base. The strut on the end opposite the face has a small raised oval shape with a face at one end and a triangular tail at the other. It is brown.