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8 , Very Rare Borneo Biliong( Naga head-hunters) war Axe adze

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8 , Very Rare Borneo Biliong(or possibly Naga head-hunters) war axe (adze axe). These type of adze axes were used as weapons and also to scrape away hair and flesh (to scalp) the skull of the head trophy.. The blade of an adze is set at right angles to the tool's shaft (like a hoe or plane), unlike the blade of an axe which is set in line with the shaft. The iron head looks to be hand forged and impressed with looks to be a makers mark 2 Ns on either side of the top of the head. Axe head measures 6 cm / 2 inches across and 4 1/2 inches /11  cm approx. long (including the thick shaft part). Thick shaft part goes into wooden handle which is heavily bound with strips of rattan to hold the metal head in place. Hardwood handle is carved in an L-shaped fashion, the base/foot of the L is where the axe head is bound to. The wooden shaft is carved in a fashion that tapers down from the flared head towards the middle section and then flares out again towards the base which aids as a grip. Towards the base the shaft is deeply carved (see pictures). The base of the shaft is set with a human hair trophy (real human hair) length of hair approx. 12  inches/ 30 cm. The hair is yet black colour. Overall length (Excluding the hair) is 70 cm / 27 inches approx. Good dark age patina overall, very rare item. Towards the head of the shaft is tied some fine plaited string (was originaly red/blue and white but now faded) and also towards the end of the shaft there is some fine plaited string tied around. Heavy war axe and probably used as a double-handed weapon.


This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 06 December, 2012.