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fas (axe)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • fas (axe), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • wood, iron
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 66 x 20 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 26 x 7 7/8 x 2 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0359

This axe has a wooden handle and iron head. The handle is a roughly carved straight piece of wood. The iron head has a round element for the insertion of the handle.

The axehead is made from a leaf spring, a mechanical part on wheeled vehicles. Usually men would buy an axe head in the market and attach it to the handle himself. It was used for general household purposes like chopping firewood and cutting building materials.