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Ceremonial Ax (Gi Okono)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

MEDIUM Greenstone, wood, coir, coconut shell, shells
  • Place Made: New Caledonia
  • DATES 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 20 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (52.1 x 21 x 13.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Marcia and John Friede and Mrs. Melville W. Hall
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Ceremonial axe. Greenstone, wood, coir, shells. Veined, light green discord blade fitted and tied to wood shaft which is completely wrapped in braided reddish-brown coir. Diagnostic New Caledonian face carved on both sides of shaft finial. Several long braided tendrils of coir hang from lower shaft, weighted by different kinds of shells. Condition: Excellent. Break in one cord holding together blade and shaft.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Kanak. Ceremonial Ax (Gi Okono), 20th century. Greenstone, wood, coir, coconut shell, shells, 20 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (52.1 x 21 x 13.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede and Mrs. Melville W. Hall, 86.229.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.229.2.jpg)
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