Ceremonial Axe Head

  • Harold Tovish, Ceremonial Axe Head, 1977, bronze on wood base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.80

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Ceremonial Axe Head shows Harold Tovish’s concern with the relationship between humans and machines. For this piece, Tovish treated the bronze surface with a chemical coating to give it a weathered green color that resembles ritualistic jade pieces from Stone Age China. Although the tool appears “primitive” by modern standards, the shape of the axe warns us that even simple technology has the potential to destroy human lives.

Title
Ceremonial Axe Head
Artist
Date
1977
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
7 1/8 x 13 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (18.1 x 34.4 x 3.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze on wood base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1986.6.80
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