Ceremonial Axe

New Caledonia
19th century

Object Place: New Caledonia, French Polynesia


Overall: 52.1 x 19.1 cm (20 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Nephrite, wood, fiber, trade cloth, seeds

Not On View


Ceremonial artifacts


About 1960s/1970s, sold by Entwistle Gallery, London, to Robert and Mieko Browne, Honolulu, HI; about 1970s, sold by Robert and Mieko Browne to Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, MA; about 1970s, given by Hurst Gallery to Eric Fortess, Newton, MA; 2016, gift of Eric and Esther Fortess to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 28, 2016)

Credit Line

Gift of Eric and Esther Fortess in memory of Leo and Lillian Fortess