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Gold-weight in the shape of smooth rod attached to a rounded top with a triangular piece protruding outwards.
Akan (Akan (culture or style))
Gold-weight
1900 – 1985
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Milford Golden
1986/2.131
A large man with both arms raised, holding an ax over his head, is standing on a large log that is already partially split.
Raymond Creekmore
Axman
1930 – 1940
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration, New Deal art project
1935.3

Prestige Axe
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.51
Axe with wooden handle. The bottom of the handle is cylindrical with a small disc-shaped grip at the end, while the upper portion of the handle is composed of two figures on top of one another. They face opposing directions; the lower figure appears to be holding a knife while the other figure may be holding a musical instrument to its mouth. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Ceremonial Axe
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.53
Staff with a short cylindrical handle topped by two rectangular forms. The front of the staff contains two faces on the rectangular forms, while the back of the staff contains only one face. The bottom face is rectangular with three vertical marks on each cheek and zig-zag patterns along the forehead, while the upper face is round with three vertical marks on each cheek and five vertical marks on the forehead. Along the handle and rectangular projections there are incised zig-zag decorations. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Dance Staff
1950 – 1999
Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco
2017/1.614

Renato Guttuso
Gli Sterratori (The Diggers)
1955
Museum Purchase
1959/1.83
Human figure in bright clothing holding an axe. He stands with bent knees and feet wide apart, with his arms extended away from his body. He is wearing a traditional Chinese opera mask and looks to the left. 
Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Chang Fei (opera hero with axe)
20th century
Gift of Harold W. Stevenson, University of Michigan Professor Emeritus in Psychology
2003/1.621

Bamana (Bamana)
Prestige Axe
20th century
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.100
This is a line drawing on white paper. There is a hatchet, an oblong box with a dark line around the middle and the words, "thousands of dollars". The drawing is signed and dated (l.r.).
Jean-Michel Basquiat (American (North American))
Thousands of dollars
1981
Gift of Arthur Cohen in honor of Ben and Yetta Cohen
1985/2.17

Tabwa (Tabwa)
Axe
1885 – 1895
Gift of David and Gayle Ackley in Memory of Chet Lamore
1986/1.195
Staff with a cylindrical handle and a kneeling female figure on a small, disc-shaped base. The figure is holding her breasts in both hands and her hair is decorated with vertical grooves. The top of the figure's head is surmounted by a double-axe shaped form, decorated with six incised lozenges. At the top of the double-axe form are two rectangular protrusions and at the bottom are two protrusions that may represent lightning bolts. 
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Dance Staff
1950 – 1999
Gift and partial purchase from the estate of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco
2017/1.613
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