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Axe

Iron knives, swords, and other weapons are more than armaments; they are powerful symbols of prestige and authority. Many weapons are intricately adorned with abstract geometric patterns, figurative elements, western-made objects, and copper accents, all of which are intended to increase the...

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Provenance

Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nsapo peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Dimensions

Height x width: 16 9/16 x 10 5/8 in. (42 x 27 cm)

Accession Number

2009.2546

Medium or Technique

Wood, sheet metal, iron

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Axes, Maces, Clubs