Ceremonial axe (Diliwau'u or Tobwatobwa) . Massim people, Papua New Guinea
15" long x 16" tall (on mount)
wood, plant fiber, metal and pigment
early to mid 20th century
ex private US collection

$500

Massim valuables often consist of ceremonial versions of ordinary objects such as axes. The axe was used as a
symbol of status, as exchange good and as magical implement. This one has an especially wonderful character to it
as it very strongly resembles an abstract animal. There are designs carved into the haft of the axe. It comes with a
custom mount.
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