Bene-Lulua peoples, Democratic Republic of Congo
Carved wood, ferrous metal, glass beads
Fowler Museum at UCLA; Gift of Barbara and Joseph Goldenberg; X2010.16.61
In the Kasai River region in the nineteenth century, it was a widespread custom for elite men to carry intricately carved and ornamented adzes over their shoulders. Embellished adzes like this one were status symbols, not working tools.