Ground black basalt head set into a wooden haft with coconut fibre bindings, some missing.
A basalt adze used for carving wood.
Before the introduction of iron, this tool was used for cutting timber.
A stone adze head (toki) that would have been bound to a wooden haft and used in carving.
A basalt adze head used for woodworking.
A stone head that would have been bound to a wooden haft and used in carving.
This carefully ground and polished adze would have taken a craftsman many hours of work to complete.
A stone adze head that would have been used for carving large pieces of wood.
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 in all Polynesian societies.
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.