Ceremonial Ax (Gi Okono)
Arts of the Pacific Islands
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) (show scale)
Gift of Marcia and John Friede and Mrs. Melville W. Hall
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.
This item is not on view
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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