A 19th C. Shona Figurative Ceremonial Axe
Time Period: 19-20th Century
Provenance: Private Collection, UK Market
Materials: Wire, Hard-Wood
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The Shona axe has a shaped metal head mounted in a mask finial, on a slightly tapering shaft with wire-work bands, 45cm long. Intricately woven brass wire at the top and bottom of the dark dense exotic wood haft.
Axe Traditional Use
This is a ceremonial axe, also passed down the family lineage like the bakatwa. These type of traditional weapons displayed signs of status at the same time bearing ancestral iconography.
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