TOMAHAWK Minnesota, North America Reserve Period, 1920s to 1940s

Frédéric Coridon


CategoryAfrican art, Tribal art
Period20th century
Condition Very good state

Minnesota, North America
Period of the Reserves, between the years 1920 and 1940
Wood, wrought iron and brass nail
H .: 21cm; W.: 50cm; Thickness 4.3cm

The tomahawk is like an ax. Its wrought iron blade is triangular in shape, adorned with a turtle in relief on one side and what would appear to be Kokopelli's profile incised on the other. The wooden handle is straight, embossed with a bear and a coiled snake. Two brass nails are placed on the proximal part.
On plinth.
The tomahawk can be considered a symbol of prestige with the fraternity of the Order of the Red Man.
Kokopelli is a character from Native American mythology symbolizing joy and fertility.
Bibliography: Exhibited on the occasion of the “Beyond Hollywood: Identidades Indigenas Norte-Americanas” Exhibition, June-December 2018 at the Museum of Ethnology in Valencia, Spain.
Text and photos © FCP CORIDON

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