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Kuba Ceremonial Axe Snake Skin Congo 16 Inch Africa

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Title Kuba Ceremonial Axe Snake Skin Congo 16 Inch Africa
Type of Object Weapon, Axe (adz)
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Kuba
Materials Copper alloy, wood, what appears to be snake skin
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions 16 inches H. x 7 inches W.
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Worn handle; rusted metal, loose in handle.

Additional Information: This is a Kuba ceremonial axe. The handle has been covered with stretshed snake skin hide. The copper alloy blade are decorated with typical Kuba repeated intertwined motifs, the blade has not been sharpened. Axes with worked blades and sculpted handles were ritually carried by kings and dignitaries during ceremonies and often indicated the owner’s prestige and rank when carried in a procession.