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X2010.16.61 Figurative adze


Object Name: Figurative adze

Artist: Bene-Lulua peoples

Place of Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo

Date/Era: 19th century

Medium/Materials: Carved wood, ferrous metal, glass beads

Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA; Gift of Barbara and Joseph Goldenberg

Accession Number: X2010.16.61

In the Kasai River region in the nineteenth century, it was a widespread custom for elite men to carry intricately carved and ornamented adzes over their shoulders. Embellished adzes like this one were status symbols, not working tools.

Gallery Wall Text, Fowler in Focus: Radiance and Resilience ? Arts of Africa and the Americas from the Goldenberg Collection, 2011

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