MboleREGION OF ORIGIN:
Democratic Republic of CongoMATERIAL:
Wood, pigment, iron.SIZE:
14" (35.6 cm) TallCONDITION:
Private USA Estate Collection
This finely worked old adze with a double hooked blade would have been a symbol of status and office. The rusty iron blade is set in the hafting to the back of the handle with a carved, expressive, ancestor face featuring scarification on the cheeks. Other noteworthy elements include the curved coiffure in the back. The erstwhile smooth and rounded handle shows extensive wear and natural lustrous patina.