This is a wonderful Vintage Makonde Carving Axe from Tanzania. The head with incised decoration and upward curved tang set through carved ebony Handle. The tree that is used produces a hard kind of wood with a black heart-wood surrounded by a lighter layer of sapwood. In Tanzania it is called ‘Mpingo’, or African black-wood. The ebony is not used because the black heartwood does not grow large enough in this part of Africa. This tree has always been reserved for artistic uses and today felling is regulated by the state. Carvings are made from an entire piece of the trunk and are therefore limited by the thickness of the trunk. Only the heartwood is used. From time to time a little of the light sapwood is incorporated. The tools used are simple – an axe, a chisel, a mallet and a knife. Only the men do the carving and the women must therefore undertake most of the work on the village land. This unique Makonde Axe would be a wonderful addition to your collection.
COMES ON STAND
Shows age, but in good condition.
21.5" on stand
.5" x .5" wide
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