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Old 20th June 2019, 12:15 AM   #1
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Default Oceanian axe identification

Hi everybody,
Anyone can identify this axe ?
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Old 20th June 2019, 04:39 PM   #2
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I am looking through my books on South Seas Pacific Island cultures and hope to help but my first thoughts are/were this may be African. Something about the wood and the chip showing the wood texture, does not look like the usual wood of the islands but still looking.
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Old 21st June 2019, 09:56 AM   #3
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I am sure I have an illustration of this form of axe harft. I think it is from one of the Vanuatu Islands.
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Old 21st June 2019, 06:28 PM   #4
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Thanks Tim,

I donít think it is from Africa as it has a trader iron axe. African were making iron axes before the arrival of the European with was not the case with the melanesians. I think itís more from this area.
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Old 22nd June 2019, 02:49 AM   #5
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I am sure I have an illustration of this form of axe harft. I think it is from one of the Vanuatu Islands.

Tim, i think you are on to something. These are all identified as Vanuatu Island axes.
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Old 22nd June 2019, 04:45 PM   #6
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How about the Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain or New Ireland) ?
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Old 23rd June 2019, 01:42 PM   #7
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Quite possible.
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Old 23rd June 2019, 08:37 PM   #8
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I know the ones with the cage at the bottom but this one is quiet different .
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