This is a rare Papua New Guinea ceremonial axe from the Mount Hagen region in the Southern Highlands. The axe is secured with intricately plaited rattan woven binding, both affixed to a tapering wood handle. These axes were very highly prized possessions, often taking up to six months to make and an equal amount of time to fashion the fine rattan cane-work used in lashing the blade and counter weight. Consequently these were intended primarily for ceremonial dances, but were also used for barter as well as for marriage gifts. This ceremonial Dance Axe would be a wonderful addition to your home and collection.
Shows age and Natural Wear
16 Inches Long
15 3/4 Long Axe Blade
7 Inches Tall in Front
2 3/4 Inches Tall Bark
3/4 Inches Thick
1 Inch x 1 Inch Handle
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