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.
Mbala Ceremonial Axe
Object Name:
Blade of Office
Other Name:
Axe, Ceremonial, Mbala
Place of Origin:
Mbala, Republic of Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 13"
W = 9"
D = 1—1/4"

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

Attached Sticker: Mbala Ceremonial Axe. (a badge of office). Zaire — 19th C.
See Websters Dictionary, P. 43 #202, CP.10.8

Long blackish brown wooden handle, with round flat head, with hole in center. Wide fan—shaped blade with undulating edge. Some rust on blade.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Iron
Ritually Used
Metal Working / Carving
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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