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Stone Axe, Yangoru Boiken, East Sepik. Papua New Guinea


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Collection No. T-862
Size 67 x 22cm
Stone Axe, Yangoru Boiken, East Sepik. Papua New Guinea
Stone Axe, Yangoru Boiken, East Sepik. Papua New Guinea
Stone Axe, Yangoru Boiken, East Sepik. Papua New Guinea
Stone Axe, Yangoru Boiken, East Sepik. Papua New Guinea

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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