**Originally Listed At $750**
Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Milne Bay, ca. mid 20th century CE. A large V-shaped axe handle, carved from red wood, with an ornate avian/reptilian motif on the handle and butt. Thick rattan is wrapped around one end of the axe in order to secure a stone or metal blade. Size: 18.75" W x 39.25" H (47.6 cm x 99.7 cm); 40.5" H (102.9 cm) on included custom stand.
See a similar example with blade attached at the British Museum: https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=508525&partId=1&images=true
Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection
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