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    Songe / Luba (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Adze with Tongue Blade

    Wood, wrought iron
    Handle: Height: 16 ½ inches Width: 2 ¾ inches Depth: 3 ½ inches
    Blade:Length:11 ¾ inches Width: 1 5/8 inches

    This type of adze with a wood handle terminating in a head from which the metal blade issues as a tongue is widely distributed in the basins of the Congo River and its tributaries. It serves as a mark of rank and authority, and is carried hooked over the shoulder when the owner moves about. Some such adzes were the property of master carvers who were also persons of rank. The blade is engraved with a sequence of finely rendered patterns, the delicacy of which contrasts with the expressive boldness of the head itself. Although the blade is currently loose, the condition is very good.

    Provenance: James Willis, San Francisco



    Estimate: $11,000 - $13,000.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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