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Old 15th May 2005, 10:37 PM   #1
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Smile AN EXCELLENT SONGYE-NSAPO ADZE

Dear friends, i'm happy to show you my last acquisition: an extraordinary Songye-Nsapo (or as Spring says TETELA) Adze. All comments are welcome
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Old 16th May 2005, 12:48 PM   #2
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Very cool,congrats! Very interesting weapon,not often that we get to see adzes the long blade looks kind of awkward,is this more of a ceremonial/dance item or what?
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Old 16th May 2005, 02:29 PM   #3
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Hello Justin. I think that this kind of object is only ceremonial and a status symbol for peoples of elevated social class. Thank you
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Old 18th May 2005, 04:16 AM   #4
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I'd tend to think that this one is almost entirely a status/rank related piece, such as would be carried by a chief or someone of extremely high rank, particularly designated by a chief for use in royal processions or courts than in a ceremonial/dance context.
While adzes are traditionally thought of primarily as tools, I don't think that there's any disputing that more practical forms were pressed into use as weapons at least occasionally if not regularly, and seemed to reach a symbolic level of power in Africa found nowhere else in the world.
That is probably one of the most beautiful examples that I've ever seen...congratulations on an exceptional aquisition!
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Old 18th May 2005, 06:38 AM   #5
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Very nice find, Flavio. Truly a museum piece.
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Old 18th May 2005, 09:19 AM   #6
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Hello Mike, i'm agree with you completely. Thank you very much to you and Freddy
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