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Currency / Prestige Axe - Iron, Wood - Nigeria - Asian African Art
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Currency / Prestige Axe – Iron, Wood – Nigeria


Object Prestige Axe / Currency
Ethnic group: Yoruba
Country: Nigeria
Material: Wood, Iron
Estimated period: Second half 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 43x24x5 cm
Weight: 400 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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SKU: 19.8 Category: Search for: , , ,

The Yoruba produced numerous prestige objects. Beautifull ceremonial axe with female figure which was used during official ceremonies or to display wealth.

This type of ceremonial adze is widely distributed in Nigeria. It serves as a mark of rank and authority, and is carried hooked over the shoulder when the owner moves about. Some such adzes were the property of master carvers who were also persons of rank. The blade is simple wrought iron, which highlights this admirable woman’s attributes and beauty.
Good condition with traces of tribal use. Well stylized iron blade.