Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Makah peoples
  • adze, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • wood, metal, string, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 12 x 5 x 23.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 3/4 x 1 15/16 x 9 1/4 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5697

The adze has a brown wooden handle and a metal blade. The wooden handle is mostly straight with a slight hump and an extension on one end, carved to resemble an animal head with a large mouth. The other end of the handle also extends out, but less far and without embellishment. The struts angle inward slightly to the flat base. The black rectangular blade extends out from the non-head side of the handle. It is secured with string wrapping. The back end of the blade is divided so the wrapped portion also has a second layer of metal revealed.