Kodj (axe)

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An Aboriginal stone axe
Kodj (axe)
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Artist unknown, Noongar.

Kodj were only made by Noongar peoples of the South west. Two scrapers of dolerite were fastened to the wooden handle using Xanthorrhoea resin. The scrapers were positioned so that one side is sharp for cutting, the other blunt for hammering or pounding. Kodj were also used to make hand and footholds in tree trunks to aid in the search for wild honey, birds’ eggs and possums.

Collected by Alfred Waylen in the early 1830s. The kodj Donated by Bill Bunbury 1985.

Aboriginal cultures collection