MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Staff of Office, Axe
Object Name:
Staff of Office
Other Name:
Staff of Office, Axe
Place of Origin:
Mbala, Republic of Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 28"
W = 10"
D = 1—1/2"

The fame of the Mbala people rests on their production of a red pigment, called Tukula, from which their name, 'the red people', emanates.
Among chiefs' possessions were maternity figures and other figures depicting everyday activities, as well as neckrests, cups, knives and sceptres.

Bacquart, P. 177

Staff of office indicates social status and place in the heirarchy of the tribe/ village. (Added 5/3/2016)

Staff featuring an elongated smooth worn wooden handle with flanged end, iron sickle—shaped blade extending from larger end with browning patina. Cross—hatch etching cna be found on the blade, along with a seratted edge on the inner blade. About two inches skin around base of handle.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Skin, Iron and Patina
Ritually Used
Metal Working / Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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