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Ceremonial Axe

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Object Number:
P2126
Current Location:
Collections storage
Provenience:
New Caledonia
Date Made:
before 1911
Early Date:
1901
Late Date:
1911
Section:
Oceanian
Materials:
Stone
Wood
Coconut
Cotton
Description:
Head or blade is of greenstone (jadeite) found in the serpentine formation of the island and, especially, in a small island off the south coast. The weapon was a symbol of rank and authority carried by chiefs. It is also said to have been used in cutting up the bodies of slain enemies. Called a nbouet or boete.
Credit Line:
Purchased from W. O. Oldman; Subscription of Herbert L. Clark in memory of Edward W. Clark
Other Number:
14605   -   Oldman Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

44 Eyes in a Museum Storeroom ( Dec 2000 - 2001)
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Bibliography:

[Book] Sebbelov, Gerda. 1911. The E.W. Clark Collection: New Caledonia. II, 4 (December). pp. 78-82.
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