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Ceremonial Ax (Gi Okono)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

CULTURE Kanak
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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 86.229.2
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Marcia and John Friede and Mrs. Melville W. Hall
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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
    IMAGE overall, 86.229.2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    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.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (75%)
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