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19th C. African Songye Wood, Copper & Iron Prestige Axe

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19th C. African Songye Wood, Copper & Iron Prestige Axe
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Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Songye culture, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A wood and copper prestige axe with a crescent-shaped iron blade for ceremonial use as a scepter. The handle consists of a wood shaft completely covered with hammered sheets and twisted copper wires, circular indentations on the hafting end, and a flared pommel below the wire grip. The iron blade is decorated with both openwork and incised motifs- curvilinear and stippling etchings and piercings centered withing circular and triangular shapes. Although this axe served primarily a symbol of power, the sharpened blade edge suggests it could easily serve as a functional weapon if needed. Size: 14" L x 7.5" W (35.6 cm x 19 cm)

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private Connecticut, USA collection

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Condition
Indentations and hairline fissures to copper sheets on handle and wire grip is slightly loose but secure. Dark toning and green patina. Iron blade has russet patina and minor surface wear. Otherwise, intact and very good.
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19th C. African Songye Wood, Copper & Iron Prestige Axe

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Jun 08, 2022
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0212: 19th C. African Songye Wood, Copper & Iron Prestige Axe

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Est. $700 - $1,000Starting Price $350
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Lot 0212 Details

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Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Songye culture, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A wood and copper prestige axe with a crescent-shaped iron blade for ceremonial use as a scepter. The handle consists of a wood shaft completely covered with hammered sheets and twisted copper wires, circular indentations on the hafting end, and a flared pommel below the wire grip. The iron blade is decorated with both openwork and incised motifs- curvilinear and stippling etchings and piercings centered withing circular and triangular shapes. Although this axe served primarily a symbol of power, the sharpened blade edge suggests it could easily serve as a functional weapon if needed. Size: 14" L x 7.5" W (35.6 cm x 19 cm)

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private Connecticut, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#172163
Condition
...
Indentations and hairline fissures to copper sheets on handle and wire grip is slightly loose but secure. Dark toning and green patina. Iron blade has russet patina and minor surface wear. Otherwise, intact and very good.

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