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Adze19th century - 20th century
Cast metal and carved wood
19 in. x 7 1/4 in. (48.26 cm x 18.42 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.118
Other Number(s): 84-24 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Culture/Nationality: Hemba, Congolese, Central African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection
This object has the following keywords:
- African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
- axes - Cutting weapons consisting basically of a relatively heavy, flat blade fixed to a handle, wielded by either striking or throwing. For axes used for other purposes, typically having narrower blades, use "axes (tools)."
- Central African - Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
- ceremonial axes - Axes, often stylized in form or elaborately ornamented, used in ceremonial contexts as symbols or manifestations of social position, power, wealth, or other qualities of status such as divinity or specialized knowledge in the realm of religion and ritual.
- Congolese - Nationality, styles, and cultures of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- metal - Any of a large group of substances that typically show a characteristic luster, are good conductors of electricity and heat, are opaque, can be fused, and are usually malleable or ductile.
- wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.
- African and Pacific Art from the Neufeld Collection Bryn Mawr College , Apr 28, 1993 – Jun 1, 1993
Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
- "ÌMỌ̀ DÁRA." (Accessed May 10, 2020): Imodara.com. https://www.imodara.com/magazine/hemba-luba-art/.
- 戈思明 and 菲利斯. Fatal Beauty: Traditional Weapons from Central Africa (National Museum of History, January 2009), 57.
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