NIGERIAN / NORTHERN CAMEROON DANCE AX 16, Nigeria / Cameroon border region

The dance ax below has been vetted as authentic, dating from the first half of the 20th century.


Photographs © Hamill Gallery


NIGERIAN
/ NORTHERN CAMEROON
DANCE AX 16
10 1/2" high x 12" wide x 3/8" deep
Nigeria / Cameroon border region
$200

Note the dance ax is adorned with copper wiring. This piece has a square shaft and is composed from a single piece of iron.

"In the border region between northeastern Nigeria and northern Cameroon, a number of tribes (such as the Chamba, Mambila, Mumuye, and Montol) brandish small, delicate dance axes such as this in ritual dances. The decoration applied to this piece typically consists of copper wire wrapped at the junction between the shaft and wing, and geometric or herringbone incisions (Prof. Erwin Melchardt, 2017)."

---Ethan Rider www.ertribal.com

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