The axe’s wooden handle is attached to a blade of decorated iron and a sheathing of patterned copper – both metals being rare and expensive. The axe symbolised the potency of a ruler’s power and emphasised their authority in long distance trade.

Object Summary

Museum Number 91/1932/48
Simple Name axe
Full Name ceremonial axe
Common Name axe
Production country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Material copper; iron
Collection class Personal objects
Collection continent Africa
Collection area/region CENT
Production parish Nsapo
Production continent Africa
Production year high 1932
Cultural group Songye