A good 19th century Tsonga or Venda Axe

A good 19th century Tsonga or Venda War Axe

A good South African War axe probably Tsonga or Venda, although a similar from has sometimes been attributed to other tribes noteably the Zulu. The long upper spike to the blade typical, some sources suggest the form was adopted in the model of the European bayonet fitted to British rifles. The lengthening of the axe blade enabled it to be used almost sword-like as a slashing and stabbing weapon. The wooden haft with a characteristic crescent shape to the top which has symbolic meaning, slightly flared end to the handle.. A beautiful rich patina throughout.

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