AFRICAN AXES

 

SONGYE
Ax 11

 

KUBA
Axes

LOBI
Axes

MOSSI
Ax 1

YORUBA
Shango Staffs

 

MUMUYE
Staff 1

 

ZOROMO
Ax 1

FON
Staffs

All of the axe forms above have been vetted as authentic, with evidence of age and use.

Despite their appearance the ax forms below were probably made to be sold.

AFO
Staff 1

 

YORUBA
Shango Staffs 2

Photographs ©Hamill Gallery

AFRICAN AXES

African axes exhibit an inventive variety of form and workmanship. Some are functional tools, others ceremonial or prestige objects.

Yoruba Shango staffs are dance wands carried by followers of Shango, the Yoruba god of thunder. The wands depict a female devotee with Shango's symbol, the double-headed axe.

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