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Toki Kohatu HC85

A large stone adze with handle. Adze displays bruising on sides quadrangular form Type 2.

The most important tools for the early Maori were adzes (toki). These stone adze heads were lashed to a wooden handle and used in working wood, including canoe building.
These early adzes had a well-defined butt/toe end that accomodate grip for lashing to a handle. The majority were made from basalt or other hard rock, such as adzite. This is a very tough, fine-grained metamorphic rock, also called baked argillite or greywacke, which is hard sandstone.

date: 1600

maximum dimension: 185mm, 100 grams


subject area: Maori and Pacifica, The Arts, Social Science, Technology


subject themes: New Zealand, Maori, Tools


handling collection number: HC85

Toki Kohatu HC85
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