- Museum number
This axe has an iron blade (with 12 male faces and loop), a wooden handle sheathed in copper and a raffia carrying strap.
- Production date
Height: 44 centimetres
Width: 24 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Axes with elegant blades and decorated hafts were often carried as symbols of chiefly power and prestige. Ceremonial axes often incorporated numerous small human heads, possibly to represent the chief's peoples. Although widely used by the Songye peoples many of these axes were made by the Nsapo sub-group who had a thriving iron and copper-working industry.
C.J. Spring, African arms and armour (London, The British Museum Press, 1993)
- On display (G25/dc16)
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Af1909C7.976 (old CDMS no.)