Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ritual axe
  • unknown Ndebele maker
  • ritual axe, late 1800s–1996
  • Where object was made: Zimbabwe
  • iron, wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width: 65 x 22 cm
    Object Length/Width: 25 9/16 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift of Sue Schuessler
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0339

At the end of this dark wooden handle there is a bulbous shape and a button-like knob at the end. There is a fan shaped iron blade with a long stem that traverses the bulbous portion of wood and curls over the end from the other side of the shaft.