Stone Axe, Yangoru Boiken, East Sepik. Papua New Guinea
|Size||67 x 22cm|
This Yangoru Boiken Culture Ceremonial Stone Wealth Axe is from the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. Dating from the late 19th – early 20th century. This type of Ceremonial Axe is used as traditional form of wealth and often used for paying a bridal dowry by the young mans parents and family. The finial is finely carved in the image of a totemic bird figure. The stone which could be centuries old is also painted with designs. A bridal dowry is a very important part of New Guinea peoples culture, depending on the area the dowry can be paid in Shell Ornaments , Stone Axes, Bird of Paradise Feathers and Food.
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