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Maker:
Sotho artist  Search this
Medium:
Wood, iron
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 74.9 x 12.7 x 5.1 cm (29 1/2 x 5 x 2 in.)
Type:
Weapon and Armament
Geography:
Kafue-Upper Orange River region, South Africa
Date:
Mid-19th-mid-20th century
Label Text:
Nineteenth century Sotho warriors kept their distinctive crescent battle axes while adding guns and horses to their army. Through statemanship and military strategy, they were never disarmed by either neighboring African peoples or by Boer or British colonial forces.
Description:
Axe in the form of a crescent-shaped metal (probably iron) blade attached with a spike from the concave side through the spherical top of a plain curving wood shaft.
Provenance:
Ernst Anspach, New York, -- to 1964
Topic:
Warfare  Search this
Male use  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernst Anspach
Object number:
64-5-4
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
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