Philippine Ifugao Headhunting Axe Brought Back in 1929
This early 20th century example of a Kalinga type head axe measures 18 3/4" in overall length and the head is 10 1/4" long from front to back. This axe has a unique folded cuff type of decoration at either end of the long fuller. The axe's head thickens toward the base of the head, just behind the cutting edge, and the rear spike. The cutting edge is quite sharp as well. the left side of the axe head has a vertical scratch toward the center.
The form of the wooden handle is of the traditional form but is undecorated with the exception of the curved protruding section with the triangular form. The handle has some small scratches below the curved section and there are some minor white paint scuffs.
This Ifugao axe was brought back from the Philippines by Clayton Abbott who taught at the Silliman Institute for 3 years until he left in 1929 and moved to California.