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Songye Ceremonial Axe or Adz Congo African Art

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Title Songye Ceremonial Axe or Adz Congo Africa
Type of Object Axe (Adz)
Country of Origin DR Congo
People Songye, see also Luba
Materials wood, silver metal blade (aluminium alloy?), metal nail
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 14.5 inches long x 6 inch blade
Overall Condition Poor. 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 large split in top of handle and loose head; scratches and scrapes

Additional Information: Throughout the vast region of Central Africa intricately carved staffs and Axes (adz) serve as chiefly regalia and badges of office. Honored elders and senior members of the group also carried axes like this. They were either inherited or given to the chief as a gift in recognition of their rank and social status. As badges of office and prestige the axes would be either simply carved or sculpted in complex forms. The handle of this adz is decorated with geometric adornments. The blade is made out of aluminum, which is rarely found on axes from the Luba and Songye. But its designs reminds of some axes from these peoples. This adz may come from one of these ethnic groups and /or their related peoples. 

Further Reading:

Nooter, M. N. and A. F. Roberts. 1996. Memory, Luba Art and the Making of History. See also Francois, Neyt, LUBA

Roberto Ballarini, Black Africa's Traditional Arms.