Place: Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Mt. Hagan area, Wahgi Valley
Media: Wood, stone, and fiber/rattan
Dims: 28.25 x 25.5 x 1.5 in. (71.6 x 64.8 x 3.1 cm).
Date: Early 20th century
Description: Highly valued, axes like this are sometimes included in a bride’s purchase price or as a marriage gift. The large, but slender stone blade is counterbalanced by a splayed end of wood and beautifully bound to the handle with fine woven cane work. These axes were rarely used in combat due to their fragility and large scale, but for special purposes.
RTC No: OC0066
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