Black Argillite toki (adze); 1600's; New Zealand; 050-1920-911-0001
Black Argillite toki (adze)About this object
Rectangular in shape, it has two smooth sides which form the blade edge and has a shaped handle, textured to aid gripping. Believed to be at least 400 years old and used by Maori for Moa hunting. Possibly also used for woodworking.
Argillite is a found along the main axial ranges of the North and South Islands. Māori valued argillite’s strength, hardness and ability to hold a sharpened edge – which made it ideal for making tools (especially adzes).Medium and Materials
Width (at widest point): 65mm
Maori: Taonga CollectionCredit Line
Presented by Mrs E Sutherland, Lister House, Waimate.Object Type
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