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.
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