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Axe

Mossi

Artwork Details

Axe
20th century
Mossi
iron and wood
22 5/8 in x 9 1/16 in (57.5 cm x 23 cm);9 5/8 in (24.5 cm)
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.48

On Display

Not currently on display

Description

Subject Matter:

In Central Africa, metal axes were used as tools and at other times as ceremonial items. The specific function of this axe is unknown. Because it does not have a large, decorated shaft, however, it was most likely not an axe used in ritual contexts. 

Physical Description:

This blade has a long wooden handle. At the top of the handle is a ribbed section before an engraved top. Inserted in and protruding from the top is a long, thin blade.  

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