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Object Details

Culture

Dan

Medium

Wood, shells, and iron

Dimensions

17 1/2 inches (44.5 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of William W. Brill

Object
Number

86.015.006 a,b

BRIEF DESCRIPTIONAn adze is a tool used for smoothing rough-cut wood in hand woodworking. WHERE WAS (…)

BRIEF DESCRIPTIONAn adze is a tool used for smoothing rough-cut wood in hand woodworking. WHERE WAS IT MADE?This adze was made by a Dan blacksmith, and could be from Liberia, the Ivory Coast or Guinea.HOW WAS IT MADE?The handle of the adze was carved from wood. The blade was forged from metal by a blacksmith. Notice the addition of small inlaid shells, the small face carved into the front end, and the lizard-like animal on the handle.HOW WAS IT USED?An adze is used to carve any wooden object, including masks (which the Dan are especially known for) and spoons.

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