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qaddum (adze)
  • Hamid Hanai
  • qaddum (adze), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • wood, iron, leather
  • Object Length/Width: 30 x 20.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 11 3/4 x 8 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0352

This rough-hewn adze has an iron blade mounted on a stick bent to a right angle. There is a broken bit of leather that protruding from the back of the blade. The blade itself is hammered to wrap around the end of the stick and the blade curves slightly downward. It is made from a leaf spring, part of the suspension mechanism in wheeled vehicles.

It could be used for shaping wood, but would serve other types of functions, like clearing grass.