Axe-stone blade, complete

Production date
1969
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
W High
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Description
Axe-stone blade, complete, wood haft, split cane decorative head.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander axe
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Measurements
L.635mm, W.748mm
Media/Materials description
Stone, wood, plant fibre
History and use
This ceremonial axe has plaited rattan binding, a wooden haft and handle, and removable stone blade. Such axes were prestige items in the Papua New Guinea Highlands, where they were used in ceremonies and gift exchange.

This example was originally intended to be presented the Rt Hon. Paul Hasluck, who was Governor-General of Australia in the years leading up to Papua New Guinea’s Independence. Hasluck had previously served as Minister for External Territories, during which time he oversaw the Australia administration of Papua New Guinea. The axe however did not make to Hasluck, and was instead brought to Brisbane by a private collector.
Registration number
E18303

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