Admiralty Islands Black Obsidian Adze

OBJECT TYPE
Adze
LOCALITY
Admiralty Islands
MATERIALS
Wood, putty nut paste, Obsidian Blade
PROVENANCE
Commander Paul Angermann, Manis Island Coll. 1944.

DESCRIPTION

A rare and complete hand adze with obsidian blade inserted into the upper part of the wooden stave and then secured in place with resin. The wooden handle is rectangular in cross-section with relief carving and painting over the entire surface in red, black and white pigments. The design is arranged in repetition down the length of the stave. Above the blade is a decorative knob, a face is carved in putty within this is securing a secondary blade. The lower end is knob like in form.

Obsidian axes were very rarely used as weapons. They were generally used in dances or for ceremonial purposes. (c.f Last plate for similar example).

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