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A pair of Early Native Tribal South Oceanic Ceremonial Decorated Adze.

Price 1580 €


An adze is a cutting tool similar to an axe but with a cutting edge perpendicular to the handle rather than parallel. Prehistoric Māori adzes from New Zealand, used for wood carving, were made from nephrite (also known as jade) in the South Island. In the North Island they were commonly made from greywacke or basalt. At the same time on Henderson Island, a small coral island in eastern Polynesia lacking any rock other than limestone, natives may have fashioned giant clamshells into adzes.
These two adzes are made of a wooden shaft and both decorated with carved abstract motives. They end in an axe-like tool at the top. The two parts if the adzes are held together by a leather cloth and mud. One has a shaft is made out of two shades of wood. The bottom half starts with a more reddish and light brown shade and is decorated with abstract motives covering the handle. The upper part of the shaft is less round and is not decorated, but rather smooth. The color is dark brown. The other has monochrome shaft in light brown. The condition of both adzes is still very good.

H x W x D

42 x 15 x 5 cm