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fas (axe head)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • fas (axe head), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • iron
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 19 x 7.5 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 7 1/2 x 2 15/16 x 2 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0373

This is an iron axe head with a round portion to hold a handle and a blade with a slightly curved underside. There is a cross stamped on one side.

It was made from a leaf spring, a mechanical part on a wheeled vehicle. 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.