Kanak. <em>Ceremonial Ax (Gi Okono)</em>, 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)

Ceremonial Ax (Gi Okono)


Medium: Greenstone, wood, coir, coconut shell, shells

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:20th century

Dimensions: 20 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (52.1 x 21 x 13.3 cm)



Accession Number: 86.229.2

Image: 86.229.2.jpg,

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.

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