Nzappa zap

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Ceremonial axe of the Songye people

The Nzappa zap (also referred to as zappozap, kasuyu) is a traditional weapon from the Congo similar to an axe or hatchet. It has an ornate wrought-iron blade connected to a club-like wooden handle, often clad in copper, bronze or brass.[1][2][3]

Largely ceremonial, it can be used much like the American tomahawk, both thrown for short distances and as a melee weapon in hand-to-hand combat. It differs from the usual axe style, in that the blade mounts to looping prongs that affix to the shaft.

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  1. ^ "Additional Images ‹› 'Nzappa Zap' axe from upper Congo.". Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Joyce, Tom (1998). "African Art - Life Force at the Anvil". ArtMetal: Social Networking for the Metal Arts. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Phyreblade (21 June 2007). "Nzappa zap!!". The Realm of the Dark Blade. Wordpress. Retrieved 9 August 2011.