|Current Location:||Collections Storage|
|Credit Line:||Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1912|
|Other Number:||768 - Other Number|
Ceremonial axe of a chief. Wooden; cylindrical handle; top end is rounded; rim of base is flared with a flat base; green and black colored snake skin is sewn around the handle; blade is of iron and is ornately carved; fan-like shape; open work in center; two human faces in relief on center of blade-two on the front and two on the back; both ends of blade are pointed. Formerly carried before a chief as a mark of his dignity. The handle is covered with lizard skin.
These axes were formerly carried in front of chiefs as insignia of the dignity; nowadays they are, however, made for export by the very clever Zappo-Zap smiths. See AF1241.
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