Nephrite continues to be valued for its rarity and beauty.
This is a ground and polished stone adze from Canada.
Originally adzes of this kind were a form of god image, possibly related to Tane-mata-ariki.
Adzes of this kind were a form of god image, possibly related to Tane-mata-ariki.
Highly polished blade of volcanic stone.
The hard, glassy volcanic lava from which this adze is made might be from New Zealand’s North Island.
Tattooing was practised throughout Polynesia.
Adze consisting of wooden shaft with metal-encased butt and a decorated head.
A small stone adze for refining the carving work done by larger adzes.
Prior to the availability of metal tools stone was the main domestic tool for carving.
A lightweight and well-balanced adze, probably used in wood-carving.
This is a ground and polished stone axe head from Canada.
A wooden haft and binding ready to be attached to a thick stone blade that would be used for carving canoes and other large wooden structures.
A missing cutting stone would have been mounted onto the haft of this adze and bound tight into place.
The main cutting stone would have been mounted onto the haft of this adze.
This carved adze haft has eyes made from paua shell.
A fine basalt adze that was attached to a haft to carve large pieces of wood e.
A fragmented toki or stone adze for carving large pieces of wood.