Ceremonial Axe (o kono or bulaibi bunbut)

Oceanic, New Caledonia
mid to late 20th century
Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander

Object Place: New Caledonia


Overall: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Jadeite, wood, bark cloth, dyed cotton twine, cowry shell

On View

Arts of Asia, Oceania, and Africa Gallery (Gallery 177)


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art


Ritual objects


1964, presented as a diplomatic gift in New Caledonia to Governor Carlton Skinner (b. 1913 - d. 2004), Boston; 2002, year-end gift of Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 2003)

Credit Line

Gift of Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner