Tonga / BaTonga Ceremonial Axe

Tonga / BaTonga Ceremonial Axe

$600.00

Zambezi Valley African traditional ceremonial axe with a  hand-forged steel blade and haft made of mopane tree.

Origin: Zambezi Valley Peoples (Southern Africa, Zimbabwe)

Time Period: 20th Century

Provenance: UK, Auction House

Materials: Wood, Steel

Length: 24in

 

Availability: 1 in stock Category:
View cart
  Make an Offer

Description

Ceremonial Axe

This small axe originates from the Zambezi Valley of the Tonga / BaTonga people.

The BaTonga people of Zimbabwe are found in and around the Binga District, Binga village the Kariba area, some parts of Matabeleland. Tonga people are also in southern Zambia and to a lesser extent, in Mozambique. (wiki).

Similar axes are displayed at the Batonga Museum in Zimbabwe.

This axe had/has many functions within the Tonga people. It had a symbolic meaning, it was used for special ceremonies and secret rituals. Furthermore, the axe was a general-purpose tool for cutting meat after a successful hunt.

One source (Orbit p.19) labels it as  Tonga Valley Executioner’s axe:

 

 

 

 

Tonga Axe Description

Zambezi Valley African traditional ceremonial axe with a  hand-forged steel blade and haft made of mopane tree.

The steel blade has a simple repeating incised decoration

The blade shows signs of previous rust and pitting

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.


Be the first to review “Tonga / BaTonga Ceremonial Axe”

No more offers for this product!

General Inquiries

There are no inquiries yet.