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Toki Kohatu HC43

Type 2A, stone adze made of black argillite. Surface markings show evidence of flaking and bruising techniques on upper side, smooth underside and cutting edge.

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.

date: 1700

maximum dimension:
94mm, 51 grams


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


subject themes: New Zealand, Maori, Tools


handling collection number: HC43

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Toki Kohatu HC43
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