LUBA SHANKADI CEREMONIAL ADZE
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo, Luba Shankadi people (Provenance: Acquired from a collection of fine tribal weapons in Paris)
Period/Date: At least early 20th century, possibly older
Materials: Hardwood, iron, cloth
Description: This impressive old adze would have been a symbol of status and office. It features an embossed iron blade, likely cold chiseled, having a pair of "figure eight" motifs. The hafting with ancestor face is a powerful focal point with expressive features and cascade-like coiffure. There is an old crack in the side of the face which has been packed tightly with a reddish cloth a very long time ago. The blade is fixed in place by a curled tang in the back of the head but has some "play" to it. Some slight loss to the tip of the blade. Excellent color and deep use patination turning to red. Note, the stand it is photographed does not belong to it. A custom stand may be ordered for an additional fee.
Dimensions: Height 16.75" (43 cm), Overall Width 8" (20 cm)