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a fine songye axe nsapo ,before 1914

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galerie Cecile Kerner
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a fine songye axe nsapo ,before 1914
a fine songye axe ,very thick blade of simple shape well balanced .This rank ceremonial axe has a thick blade of massively forged iron .it is formed of three branches a semicircle blade,a square section at the base. . a thick copper sheet totally wraps the wooden handle ..This axe brings together all of the techniques used by blacksmiths Nsapo, twisted iron, the characteristic small head and large solid forged. It is a classic, says Type II, including the good state of preservation in fact a nice quality piece. Wood, iron and copper. Nsapo, Songye. Democratic Republic of the Congo. Before 1900 . Brought back in 1914 by charles smets who went to congo from 1909 to 1914,with the mission of the natural history museum of New york .by descent to his grandson .a part of his collection was sold in sotheby's paris ,in june 2012.

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