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Kalinga Head Ax

Object Number: 
1948.608
Date: 
ca. 1902
Medium: 
Steel. wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 13 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 5/8 in. ( 34.9 x 21.6 x 1.6 cm )
Description: 
Axe with steel head and wooden handle; head with incurving cutting edge opposite incurving back edge which narrows to a slender spike, and slightly tapered cylindrical mount; carved handle with projecting piece near mid-point and conical tip.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this object, which is there described as a "Calinga head axe," was acquired by the donor's husband, Colonel James Guthrie Harbord (1866-1947), while serving as Assistant Chief of Philippines Constabulary, U. S. Army, from 1903 to 1914.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. James G. Harbord
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group