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Toki Kohatu HC222

A small stone adze with handle. Type 2A, stone adze made of black argillite. Surface markings show evidence of bruising techniques on sides.

  • he taputapu tino nui mō ngā Māori o mua- a very important tool for early Māori
  • He pakohe (argillite) te kōhatu- the stone is argillite
  • I whakamahia mō te mahi rākau- used to work wood

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.This early adze has a well-defined butt/toe end to allow 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.

Pānuitia ētahi atu kōrero i konei / Read more information here :

Date: 1600

Maximum Dimension: 340mm x 200mm

Subject Area: Māori, Social Science, Technology, The Arts

Subject Themes: Aotearoa, New Zealand, Māori, Tools

Handling Collection Number: HC222

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