Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Ceremonial Axe (Khaandu)

19th–20th century
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Yaka peoples
Iron, wood
H. 10 3/8 x W. 2 x D. 7 1/2 in. (26.4 x 5.1 x 19.1cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Smith, 1981
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 352
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Smith, Short Hills, NJ, until 1981

Bourgeois, Arthur P. Art of the Yaka and Suku. Meudon: Alain et Francoise Chaffin, 1984.

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