Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) peoples
  • adze, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, metal, string, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 8 x 5.5 x 21.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 8 7/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5682

The adze has an unidentified animal head carved into one end of the wooden handle. The animal face has a snout-like nose, round eyes and rounded eyebrow-like projections. His mouth is turned downward. The face is at one end of the handle and the other end is undecorated, but has a prominent ridge around the edge. The metal blade is held to the base of the handle with string wrapping. The sharp portion of the blade is under the undecorated end of the handle. It has brown wood and light colored string.