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Prestige weapon

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Iron knives, swords, and axes are more than armaments; they are powerful symbols of prestige and authority. Many weapons, including this Teke prestige axe, are intricately adorned with abstract geometric patterns, figurative elements, western-made objects, and copper accents, all of which are...

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1980s, acquired in Paris by anonymous donors; 2009, year-end anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

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


Overall: 32.4 x 30.5 cm (12 3/4 x 12 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, iron, brass tacks


Africa and Oceania


Warfare, hunting, & fishing