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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Axe made of stone, vine, beeswax, wood.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1914 (before)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Curator's comments

    Fawcett describes his group's meeting with the Maxubi people in 1914 in 'Exploration Fawcett' (1953). The Maxubi may be known today as the Arikapu or may have been an Arikapu speaking ethnic group.

    'I found out later that these people were the Maxubis, that they had twenty-four villages and numbered over two thousand. [...]. The men wore shells and sticks in their ears, pegs through their nostrils and lower lips, and armlets of seeds and carved chonta wood. On ankles and wrists they wore rubber bands tinted red with urucu [...]. The women wore no ornaments, and their hair was short, while that of the men was long.' p.199

    Fawcett describes witnessing a Maxubi child using a stone axe:
    'As we watched, a naked copper-coloured child came 9out of the hut, a nut in one hand and a little stone axe in the other. He squatted down on his haunches before a flat stone, laid the nut on it, and then started to hammer the shell with the side of the axe.' p.198

    'Loaded with string bags of peanuts, stone axes, and bows and arrows - the weapons were real works of art - we left the Maxubis and turned south-west towards Bolivia'. p.204


  • Bibliography

    • Fawcett 1953 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Probably collected by Col Fawcett in 1914.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


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